Helping Hand: Harper College Program Hosts Chair Massage Fundraiser

Students in Harper College’s massage therapy program will participate in The Longest Day fundraiser, an annual event that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association through a variety of smaller events.

Seven students from the program will administer chair massages in two shifts, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, in the lobby of the Massage Therapy Clinic in Building X on the Harper Campus. , 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine.

Members of the program are asking for a suggested donation of $10 for each 10-minute session of the “chair massage-athon”, which will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to fundraising, chair massage allows students to gain clinical experience by participating in the Harper Program, one of less than 70 accredited programs in the United States. Students can complete their studies in less than a year before becoming a licensed massage therapist. therapists.

Jeremy Miller, massage therapy program coordinator, thinks it’s important to include service-learning opportunities in the program. Previous chair massage fundraisers have benefited Hawks Care, which helps Harper students meet their basic needs, and the local nonprofit Kenneth Young Center.

“We try to build a service orientation into the program,” he said. “It’s not just, ‘How much money can I make?’ It’s about getting them to think about volunteering and giving service to their community.

The idea for the Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser came from a loyal client of the Harper Clinic. She asked for a massage session donation for a silent auction as part of The Longest Day event.

“It caught our attention,” Miller said. “Of course we can do that, but we can also contribute in our own way.”

Participants will be able to make a donation directly to the Alzheimer’s Association via on-site computers. Those unable to attend can still donate on The Longest Day website, listing the Harper Massage Therapy Program as a fundraising team.

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