Winter Walk For Animals set for Sat., March 9
LEONA REGA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua YMCA and Winter Walk For Animals volunteers stand in the snow to promote the protest walk. From left are Shanon Rega, Joe Zaprazny, Aaliyah Sarge, Gabe Bumberger, Andrew Leibenguth and Kelsey Patrick.
The Tamaqua YMCA's first annual half-nude 'Winter Walk For Animals' originally scheduled for tomorrow in Tamaqua is postponed to Saturday March 9 at 9 a.m. due to icy weather.
Will you walk half-nude in the cold to protest animal cruelty? That is what organizers hope participants will do.
"The free event doesn't require any pre-registration and is being held to protest winter and weather-related cruelty to animals," said coordinator Andrew Leibenguth. "All individuals, groups or organizations (no matter what community or state your are from) are encouraged to participate or help in the walk."
He added that all walkers are asked, but not required, to wear swimming shorts, bikinis, bathing suits, body paint or funny costumes.
All walkers and participants should be inside the Tamaqua YMCA no later that 8:45 AM for the 9 a.m. kick-off.
"For the welfare and safety of all the walkers and animals, no pets are allowed in the walk," added Leibenguth. "We are suffering so they don't have to."
Anyone 17 or under must be accompanied by or in the immediate vicinity of a parent or guardian.
The one-mile 20-minute walk will start at our Tamaqua YMCA (1201 East Broad Street) and walk down the center of Broad Street to the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center (300 West Broad Street). They will have their doors open for walkers to warm up and use the bathroom.
The Tamaqua YMCA bus and other volunteers will be providing free shuttles back and forth to the YMCA following the event.
Leibenguth stressed that walkers and spectators can choose to donate to any local pet organizations that are on-hand during the walk.