Children in Haiti to Benefit from Inaugural 5K Walk/Run For Education

Hundreds took part in the first Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education event in Geneva, Ill., on May 12, 2012. Money raised at the event will pay the tuition of children attending schools, built through Food For The Poor, at "Rockford Friendship Village" in Chastenoye and "Hope Friendship Village" in Prolongé, Haiti.


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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (June 8, 2012) — Close to 300 runners and walkers got up at the crack of dawn and lined the streets near the Kane County Government Center in Geneva, Ill., on May 12 to participate in the inaugural Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education fundraiser.

“Most people do not realize that an education in the Third World is not free. If a child’s parent doesn’t have the money for tuition, the uniform, or the school supplies – then there’s no school for that child,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “We‘re very happy the inaugural 5K Walk/Run in Geneva, Ill. was a success. We believe that the primary step in breaking the cycle of poverty is through education, and we thank all who were involved in making this event a successful one.”

Money raised from the 5K Walk/Run For Education fundraiser will be used to pay the school tuition of dozens of children living in the villages built by the Hope For Haitians Committee through Food For The Poor in Chastenoye and  Prolongé, Haiti.

Both “Hope Friendship Village” in Chastenoye and “Rockford Friendship Village” in Prolongé have
50 two-room homes, 50 sanitation units, artesian wells, community centers, animal-rearing and agricultural projects, solar panel lights, tilapia ponds, and feeding programs.

To make a secure online donation toward the Hope For Haitians building projects in Haiti visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/rockford

Event committee members included Joseph Altenhoff, Patrick Bachrodt, Rev. David Beauvais, Virginia Canavan, William Clancy, Michael Delany, Brian & Missy Hand, Frank Haney, Msgr. Robert Hoffman, Danny Lorden, Tom & Nancy Lorden, Bob McLaughlin, Philip Nicolosi, Patti Rangel, Peter Roche, and Andy Schultheis.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry 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.

Contact:
Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com