Published on October 12th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Jim and Anne Hart to receive the 2015 Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award

COLUMBIA – Healthy Learners is pleased to announce Jim and Anne Hart as the 2015 Healthy Learners Champion for Children award recipients.  The award presentation will take place during the 16th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, SC. The event is set for a 12:00 Noon shotgun start and Golfer check-in begins at 10:00 A.M.

“The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor an individual who has served as an advocate for children and brought attention to the needs of the children who are in need and without resources in the community through their volunteer time, financial support and commitment to Healthy Learners,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director of Healthy Learners.

Jim has been a supporter and contributor of Healthy Learners for 12 years.  As an Asthma sufferer, he has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to have a chronic disease and is aware of how difficult it would be for him without his medications and medical care.  “In South Carolina there are many people, especially children, without these same resources.  Even those with Medicaid have difficulty getting care.  I was fortunate to have worked with Healthy Learners and observe how much they do for the children, especially in rural areas of South Carolina,” said Hart.  “I could not sleep at night if I did not share my blessings with those less fortunate.”

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  The organization addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

Loving and caring for children has always been a part of Anne’s life, but in a more profound way from the moment her first child was born.  She has extended the same loving and caring to her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, children across the state, as well as children abroad.  Experiencing many illnesses with children has given Anne a great respect for and appreciation of good health insurance coverage.  “It is beyond my comprehension how parents and children themselves are able to cope with, much less learn, when no help is there for them,” said Hart.  She is thankful that Healthy Learners is there for so many children providing access to health care services.  “It is only natural for me to want to support such a caring organization that benefits our children right here in South Carolina.  It is my hope and prayer that South Carolinians will open their hearts and support Healthy Learners with their time, talent and financial support,” said Hart.

Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enables Healthy Learners to help hundreds of children by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, episodic care for other medical concerns, and assistance with prescription medications.

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 145 schools across ten (10) South Carolina school districts.  The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland.  For more information, see




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