Food For The Poor and Hope For Haitians' Third Annual 5K Walk/Run

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This fundraiser race will be in Geneva, Illinois on May 10, 2014.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 7, 2014) – With only a few days remaining, now is the time to register for the third annual Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Kane County Government Center in Geneva, Ill. Handcrafted tin-art medallions from Haiti will be awarded to this year’s first and second place finishers in each age bracket for both male and female runners.

The striking sun-shaped medallions were created by Louisdjy St-Jour, a Haitian metal artist who lives in a Food For The Poor-built home in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. St-Jour is an example of the Haitian people’s determination to thrive and become self-sufficient.

Since 2001, Food For The Poor and Hope For Haitians have collaborated to improve the lives of destitute families in Haiti. Through the construction of new homes with access to safe drinking water, the implementation of sustainable development projects, and the funding of medical and education programs, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people have been positively transformed throughout the country.

Pre-registration is $25 for adults (18+), and is free for participants 17 and under. Registration is $30 for adults on the day of the event. All registered participants will receive goodie bags and a T-shirt. Registration is available online at www.HopeForHaitians.org. The event will feature balloon artistry, face painting, and an appearance by the Kane County Cougars’ mascot Ozzie the Cougar. Event proceeds will be used to equip students in Haiti with school supplies.

For more information on the Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education, contact Theresa Kegley at 815-847-0656 or email Rachel Piering at rachelp@foodforthepoor.org. Registration starts at 7 a.m., the walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony is at 10 a.m. Race Time will time the race.

5K Walk/Run for Education Committee: Event Chairman: Bill Clancy, Event Coordinators: Theresa Kegley and Rachel Piering, Committee: Kathy Abbott, Maria Alderson, Mary Aydt, Lauren Bohr, Colleen Burgert, Jetze Campos, Virginia Canavan, Patti Cottrell, Pauline Creighton, Karen Dix, Michael Gallagher, Ruth Gonzalez, Jack Griparis, Ann Guernon, Fr. Bob Jones, Bill Knotts, Dave Markel, Jennifer McCormack, Col Ottens, Pam Papp, Fr. Tim Piasecki, Mike Saltijeral, Fr. Tim Seigal, Linda Vigil, Jim Womac and Christa Yez.

Principal 5K Walk/Run event sponsors are the Lorden Family, Lou Bachrodt Automall and Chick-Fil-A. Additional sponsors include Caribou Coffee, Colour Line Hair Salon, DMK Dentistry, Ginsberg Chiropractic, J.P. Jewelers, J.P.S., Inc., Kane County Chronicle, Kelly Orthodontics, Performance Clinics, Savant, St. Charles Bank and Trust, The Fresh Market and Wagner Plumbing & Piping.

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.

Jennifer Leigh Oates

Food For The Poor
Public Relations Associate
954-427-2222 x 6054
jennifero@foodforthepoor.com