Hope For Haitians' 5K Walk/Run is Changing Lives with Every Step

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More than 300 participants took part in the second annual Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education event in Geneva, Ill., on May 11, 2013.
Participants at this year’s second annual Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education event in Geneva, Ill.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 31, 2013) – More than 300 people gathered for the second annual Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education fundraiser. The May 11 event took place at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva, Ill. Supporters in this year’s event are making an impact on the lives of the children living in villages built by Hope For Haitians in partnership with the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor.

“There’s no such thing as a free education for children in Haiti. One of the first steps necessary to break the cycle of poverty is a basic education,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “We are extremely thankful to all who made the 5K Walk/Run in Geneva, Ill., a success because the funds raised from this annual event will help us to provide many of Haiti’s children with an opportunity to receive that education.”

Thanks to the participants, sponsors and volunteers, children who reside in “Hope Friendship Village” and “Rockford Friendship Village” in Haiti will receive the educational assistance needed to attend school for one year. The students also will receive uniforms, socks, shoes, and enough basic school supplies for a year.

The fundraising for the Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education will officially wrap up on Monday, June 3 with a party at McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, located at 109 West Main Street in St. Charles, Ill., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To make a secure online donation toward the Hope For Haitians projects, at anytime, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/rockford or www.HopeForHaitians.org.

Hope For Haitians Committee Members: William Clancy, Theresa Kegley, Virginia Canavan, Kathy Abbott, Patti Cottrell, Colleen Burgert, Jetz Campos, Karen Dix, Ruth Gonzales, Pam Papp, and Linda Vigil. Sponsors: Lou Bachrodt, Paddle and Trail, DMK Dentistry, Corner Bakery, Fresh Market, JP Jewelers, Kohl’s, Lorden Family, McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, Panera Bread, P&H Trucking, Savant, Tap House Grill, Eggar Insurance Agency, Ginsberg Chiropractic, Kelly Orthodontics, St. Charles Bank and Trust, and Colour Line Hair Salon.

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 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.  For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.


Wanda Wright

Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079