Walkers/Runners to Feed 5,000 Families for a Month

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2011) — More than 800 walkers and runners participated in Food For The Poor’s sixth annual "5K Walk/Run For Hunger" at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 24. They each did their part to raise enough money to feed 5,000 starving children and their families for one month in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Runners launch off the starting line at FFP's "5K Walk/Run" in Deerfield Beach.

Angel Aloma, Food For The Poor’s Executive Director, and Kristy Villa, host of “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television, were the masters of ceremony for the event. Together they presented awards to the top male and female age group finishers for the 5K run in each of the following brackets: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

Billy The Marlin cheered as Harrie Olsthoorn, who led from the start, finished with the best time of 17:51.9. Billy also gave high-fives as participants crossed the finish line. Volunteers from Lynn University’s “Students For The Poor” club honed their artistic talents by offering their face painting skills in front of a 12 foot by 12 foot replica of a Food For The Poor home.

Prizes for fundraising through Dec. 1, 2011 will be awarded to individuals in each bracket:

• $5,000 and above – Fundraisers will receive their choice of an Apple iPad or 32’ flat screen TV.
• $2,500 and above – Fundraisers will receive their choice of a Wii Fit or Kindle
• $1,000 and above – Fundraisers will receive their choice of a portable DVD player or digital camera.

If you missed this event, there is still time to lace-up your sneakers and register to participate in Food For The Poor’s “5K Walk/Run For Hunger” at Tropical Park on Nov. 19 in Miami, Fla.

Walkers start the "5K Walk/Run."

Deerfield Beach 5K Walk/Run sponsors included: O2Media, Lifetime TV, The Balancing Act, Southern Women’s Show, TigerDirect.com, Bush’s 620-SUBS, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods Market, HUMANA, Lynn University, and Closets Etc., llc.

Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054