Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run will Provide 250 Children with Scholarships

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 12, 2016)  Nearly 250 participants took part in the fifth annual Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run for Education in Geneva, Illinois on May 7, raising enough to send 250 children in Haiti to school for a year. 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.

"This is a beautiful gift the participants in the Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run are helping to supply to the school children in Haiti," said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. "We feel strongly that education is important in breaking the cycle of poverty. We're thankful for the 15 years of loving service Hope For Haitians has provided to the people of Haiti through Food For The Poor."

The course in Geneva, Ill., was USA Track and Field certified and chip-timed. This year's fastest male was Aidan King, 14, with a time of 19:11, and the fastest female was Alice Abbott, 13, with a time of 21:45.

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, which include access to safe drinking water, the implementation of sustainable development projects, and the funding of medical and educational programs, thousands of lives are being transformed throughout the country.

Food For The Poor (FFP)-Jamaica also held its second annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday May 7. Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages helped to raise funds for the construction of 60 homes for destitute families in need of secure housing.

Hope For Haitians committee members include Event Chairman Bill Clancy, Kathy Abbott, Mary Aydt, Donna Badowski, Jetzemanith Campos, Sharon Clough, Patti Cottrell, Karen Dix, Alice Farrell, Chandra Hayden, Bill Knotts, Amy McTeague, Pam Papp, Bob Pfundstein, Drew Pistilli, Tony and Cathy Restaino, Cathy Sebolt and Dana Shoener.

Event sponsors are Abby's Breakfast and Lunch, American Heartland Bank, Dr. Dickens Mason and Kissel Dentistry, Jon Olson, CPA; Kelly Orthodontics, Lorden Family, Lou Bachrodt, Chevrolet, Volkswagen and BMW, Savant, Shodeen Homes, St. Charles Bank and Trust, St. Charles Learning Community, St. Charles Knights of Columbus, and Two Brothers Brewery.

For more information on the Hope For Haitians 5K Walk/Run For Education, contact Amy McTeague at 630-730-0227, or email Kyra Poulos at Kyrap@FoodForThePoor.com.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations 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

Public Relations
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