Thousands of commuters drive across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge every day from New Jersey to Philadelphia and back, but a committed group of Rutgers–Camden nursing students are ditching their wheels for a pair of sneakers to race across the span.
The third annual Bridge Walk/Run Benefit, to occur Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m., will raise money to support crucial community outreach programs in Camden that are held every year by the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden’s Student Nurses Association (SNA).
The SNA and the Rutgers–Camden chapter of the international nursing honor society (Eta Mu) are sponsoring the run, which is open to public participants. Runners or walkers will begin at Armitage Hall on Fifth Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus and follow a 3.1-mile route that takes them over the bridge and back. A shorter mile-long route is also mapped out for participants.
Money raised from participant registration will be used to fund the Student Nurses Association’s civic engagement programs, which include free health clinics, providing meals for the homeless through local churches and Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, and cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden for families who have sick children in Camden hospitals.
All students currently enrolled in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden are members of the Student Nurses Association. Civic Engagement programs provide the students with an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles to people of underserved communities.
“As future nurses and future leaders of the community, it’s our responsibility to provide healthcare and other types of programs to disadvantaged people living in Camden,” says Ashley Celeste, a senior nursing student at Rutgers–Camden and the coordinator of the run.
Senior nursing major Jamie Agunsday adds, “We have the ability to advocate for the people of Camden and raising money through this event will allow us to do that.”
Registration for the Bridge Walk/Run Benefit is $15 for Rutgers students and $25 for all other participants. Children under age 12 can participate for free. To register, email Celeste at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 31 or visit nursing.camden.rutgers.edu/eta-mu-honor-society and click on the link for the Bridge Walk/Run Benefit.