Tykes take ride for research

Mary Katherine Murphy Staff Writer

September 26, 2013

LAURINBURG — Some 55 children at Trinity Presbyterian Church’s child care program spent an hour in the sun on Thursday to help children who likely spent the day in a hospital bed.

“Sponsored” by their parents and families, the program’s charges took to the church parking lot on tricycles, bicycles, and toy cars, milling around under the supervision of daycare staff and even law enforcement officers, who checked their “driver’s licenses” to ensure their road worthiness.

The Trinity Childcare trike-a-thon has been held annually for about six years, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

“We work with children so much, and families need it, so we know it’s going to a good cause,” said Jennifer Haywood, who teachers the four-year-old class at Trinity Childcare.

Cumulatively, previous events have raised $9,000 for the hospital. The Laurinburg Fire Department and Scotland County EMS were on hand on Thursday with a fire truck and ambulance for children to investigate.

“The babies love it and having all of the community helpers out here is just awesome,” Haywood said.