Feeding the Hungry, One Step at a Time
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (September 7, 2011) — There is still time to follow through with your New Year’s resolutions. Lace-up your sneakers, and register to participate in Food For The Poor’s nationwide “5K Walk/Run For Hunger” at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Fla. on Sept. 24. The sixth annual fundraiser in Deerfield Beach, Fla. kick-starts events nationwide: Oct. 15 in Fort Mill, S.C., Nov. 12 in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 19 in Miami, Fla., and April 7 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“As the previous hometown of Food For The Poor, Deerfield Beach is proud to have been selected as the site for the kick-off of the national series of 5K fundraisers, which will promote healthy activities in support of the very worthy cause of fighting global hunger,” said Deerfield Beach Mayor, Peggy Noland.
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.
Awards will be presented 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+.
“Skin rashes, bloated bellies, jutting rib bones and reddish hair are signs of severe malnutrition,” said Angel Aloma , Food For The Poor’s Executive Director. “The destitute we serve in the Caribbean and Latin America are at risk to die from starvation. We are fortunate to live in the United States where we have the resources to help those in need here and the desire to help the poor outside of our country.”
Teams sport their school colors at Food For The Poor's 5K Walk/Run For Hunger.
To help, register to participate and invite your friends and family to support your cause. Please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/walk to sign up, start a team or make a donation. Take advantage of the “Participant Center” to create a personalized fundraising page, share your goal with family, friends, co-workers and contacts, while you monitor your progress.
“I am honored and excited to emcee the Food For The Poor 5K event in Deerfield Beach and Miami - my hometown,” said Kristy Villa, the co-host of The Balancing Act morning show on Lifetime TV. “I have produced segments on childhood obesity and the important family topic of ‘Healthy Weight Commitment.’ This is something that our country must be aware of and a topic that I am consistently tackling on the show and in my home.”
Pre-registration is at the discounted rate of $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-10, and there is no fee for children 5 years old and under. The registration cost for South Florida walkers includes a T-shirt and lunch. Special awards will
be given to the individuals who raise the largest amount of donations. For more information, please call 1-888-404-4248 or visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/walk. You can also register the day of the event. Registration starts at 6 a.m., the run begins at 7 a.m. and the walk is at 9 a.m.
If you don’t live in a city where a walk is scheduled, you can still participate by registering online as a virtual walker. You can do your part to feed starving children and their families while raising awareness about Food For The Poor, one of the most efficient charities in the United States.
Deerfield Beach 5K Walk/Run sponsors include: 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.
Create a personalized fundraising page and invite your friends and family to join the fun.
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
954-427-2222 x 6054