Groups will be rocking the days away and all for a good cause.
Needing a fundraiser for the South Iredell Senior Center, Jennifer Barraclough, manager of the center, came up with the idea of a Rock-A-Thon following the concept of the popular walk-a-thons held by other organizations. The event is planned for June 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barraclough shared that in coming up with the idea, the group played on the concept that “many feel that all seniors do is rock all day, which is far from the truth. We have a very active group of seniors” at the center. Anyone needing proof of that need only visit or check their monthly calendars for all the activities offered.
Thus the Rock-A-thon was selected to help raise funds to benefit the Senior Center.
Approximately 10 rocking chairs will be set up in the senior center area in the lower level of the Charles Mack Citizen Center, where groups have signed up to rock throughout the week at 30-minute increments.
A grand prize will be awarded to the participant who raises the most money, and another prize will be given to the one who has the most sponsors. For each $50 that a participant raises, they will receive a ticket to be placed in a drawing for one of the 10 donated door prizes.
Those wishing to make a donation to the center may call Barraclough at 704-662-3337, email her at email@example.com or come by the center at 215 North Main St., Mooresville.
Barraclough said this month was chosen for this event because June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and the center wanted to draw attention to the problems of abuse, which happens and many times is unreported. Therefore, information on the issue will be available at the event for all who wish to learn more. The SISC also placed the purple bows around Mooresville in observance of Elder Abuse Month.
“We are excited about the Rock-A-Thon and hope this turns into our signature, annual event,” said Barraclough.
Barraclough has been at the center for four months now. She and husband Andrew and daughter Abigail Grace live in Rowan County. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Meredith College, and noted that she has a background with nonprofits.
She shared that the community has been welcoming, and she loves her time at the center.
“It is a perfect mixture of both (the office work) which includes programming and grant writing, and then I can walk out my door and get to interact with the center participants every day,” Barraclough said.