Food For The Poor and Hope For Haitians' 5K Walk/Run Supports Education

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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.
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.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 21, 2014) – More than 200 children who live in Haiti will receive much-needed educational support thanks to the more than 400 walkers and runners who supported Food For The Poor’s third annual Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education in Geneva, Ill., on May 10.

The participants raised enough money to provide educational assistance to Haitian children who live in villages built by Hope For Haitians donors. In addition to paying for the students’ tuition, the event proceeds also will cover a year’s worth of uniforms, socks, shoes, and school supplies.

The fastest male was Brian Ahern with a time of 18:27. The fastest female was Taylore Anderson with a time of 20:05. Handcrafted sun-shaped, tin-art medallions from Haiti were awarded to this year’s first-and second-place finishers in each age bracket for both male and female runners.

Raffle prizes included an Angel of Hope necklace from JP Jewelers, a Colour Line Salon basket, a custom platter donated by Nora Flemming, assorted spices and oils donated by Galena Garlic Company, golf for two at Hughes Creek Golf Club, two tickets to a Chicago White Sox game, a pedometer watch, a personal trainer for a month at MedFitness, and a basket from BMO Harris Banks. Gift certificates to these stores also were raffled:  Aurelio’s, Cart Old Towne Pub & Eatery, Cotto Legna, Filling Station, Fire House Pizza Grill, Gen Hoe Restaurant, Geneva Running Outfitters, Gino’s East of Chicago, Isacco Kitchen, Kernel’s Gourmet Popcorn, Pub 222, The Office Dining & Spirits, and Town House Books & Café.

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.

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, JP 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.

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.

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