Screening of Girl Rising Sets Pace for Fourth Annual
5K Walk/Run in Geneva

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 14, 2015) – Money from the screening of Girl Rising at The Arcada Theatre in Saint Charles, Illinois, will provide life-changing educational opportunities for 82 children in Haiti. The film has set the pace for the Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education in Geneva, Illinois, which will fund yearly scholarships for children in Hope Friendship Village in Chastenoye, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Girl Rising explores the power of education, as it documents the lives of nine girls born into unforgiving circumstances who courageously revolt against cultural norms to follow their dreams.

“Most people do not realize that there is no such thing as a free education for children in developing countries. 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. “If a child’s parent doesn’t have the money for tuition, the uniform, or the school supplies – then that child does not attend school.”

With a month remaining, now is the time to register for the fourth annual Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Educationon Saturday, May 9, at 8:30 a.m. at Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Avenue (Route 31), Geneva, Illinois.

Pre-registration is $25 for adults (13+), and is free for participants 12 and under. Registration is $30 for adults on the day of the event. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag, breakfast and access to activities for children. Registration is available online at

For more information on the Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education, contact Amy McTeague at 630-730-0227 or email Rachel Piering at  Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., the walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. The course is chip-timed. Medallions will be presented to first, second and third place finishers in each age bracket for both male and female runners. Children’s age brackets include 10 and under, 11-14, and 15-19.

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.

The pre-event was supported by Ron Onesti, CEO/President of The Arcada Theatre, and Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois.

Principal 5K Walk/Run event sponsors are the Lorden Family, Lou Bachrodt Automall and Chick-Fil-A. Additional sponsors include Colour Line Hair Salon, DMK Dentistry, Geneva Cruise and Travel, Kane County Chronicle, Kelly Orthodontics, and The Fresh Market.

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

Jennifer Leigh Oates

Food For The Poor
Public Relations Associate
954-427-2222 x 6054