By Wayne Allen
Portsmouth Kiwanian and local optometrist Robin LaValley will soon embark on a journey for health — hiking the Himalayan Mountains, later this year.
“I wanted to do something to help raise money for two organizations who do positive things in our community to promote change and highlight the need to provide programs for children to promote a healthy lifestyle,” LaValley said.
She said part of her inspiration for doing this comes from past experience and the poor health rankings of Scioto County.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation lists Scioto County as the unhealthiest county in the state of Ohio. Of the 88 counties, Scioto County ranks 88th for health outcomes sighting poor or fair health and poor physical health as the majority of concern.
“I’m going to go on a trek, it was something I was going to do and then I had the idea to turn it into a fundraiser for the Lions (Club) and Kiwanis (Club of Portsmouth),” LaValley said.
She said her trip is associated with a Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) mission trip.
“They (VOSH) have a mission planed in the fall in Nepal and I’ve done a number of these in the past, mainly in central and south America. This one caught my eye because I’ve never been to that part of the world,” LaValley said. She said as a part of the trip participants “have the option of staying on for an extra few days to do this trek, that’s why I thought I should try it. So, I decided to do this mission to aid our local civic groups in providing some education to our community,” LaValley said.
LaValley will be hiking the Himalayans, in a five-day trek, in October to help raise money for the Portsmouth Kiwanis Club and the Portsmouth Lions Club. Both organizations serve the community through programs and donations geared toward various projects.
LaValley said her fundraising goal is to raise $12,000 to benefit bother organizations.
She said for more information, and ways to donate, call her at 740-352-4451 or 740-355-1040. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth, visit Kiwanisclubofportsmouth.org or find them on Facebook at Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth. For more information about the Lions Club of Portsmouth visit them on Facebook.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT