Gateway Women’s Resource Center put a dent into its fundraising efforts during a recent event.
Julia Seay, Gateway’s executive director, said more than 116 runners and walkers turned out June 17 for a 5k4Life Run and a 1-mile walk.
“It was so much fun. It went so well. We cleared over $10,000,” said Seay.
The group has set a goal of $50,000. The money will be used to purchase new equipment and help hire additional staff as the charity embraces its new role as a medical clinic.
Seay said the resource center, in the past, has provided minor medical services such as giving pregnancy tests. However, it was more about providing counseling services, diapers and formula.
“We will continue to do that, but now we will do STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and ultrasounds,” she said.
Seay said money from the fundraisers will be used to purchase ultrasound machines, examination tables, lighting and to provide medical training to both staff and volunteers.
Gateway currently has one staff member and eight volunteers.
“When we are ready to start the medical testing, then we will add a head nurse and, hopefully, a client services director,” she said.
The resource center, which is funded solely by private donations, has been at its location 2 S. Sixth St., since 2009.