Third-Grader Hosts Second Annual Charity Walk Saturday in West Palm Beach
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2017) An 8-year-old with a heart for the poor is on a mission to make life easier for children and their families in Haiti. Christopher Evans, a third-grader at Palm Beach Day Academy, is gearing up for his second annual Hope Walk for Homes to build his third house through the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor.
"I am hoping that this walk will help to raise awareness of the desperate needs of so many people in Haiti. I also want to inspire others to want to make a difference," said Christopher. "A lot of my friends have been and continue to help me help others, so I am dedicating this third house to my third-grade class at Palm Beach Day Academy."
It sounds like a big task for a little boy, but this is Christopher's third venture. His first fundraising project was turning lemons into lemonade at the age of 6, and then he organized a Hope Walk for Homes, when we was 7. Thanks to the support of family, friends and private donations, he raised enough money to build two new homes in La Fosse, Haiti.
"I cannot be happy when someone else is sad, I would like to tell other children that raising money to help others is really fun. You just have to think of creative ways to raise awareness and get people involved," said Christopher.
The Second Annual Hope Walk for Homes will be this Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, Fla., near the nature trail beside the Nature Center in the back of the park at 9 a.m. Entry fee is a tax-deductible donation of any amount on the day of the event, or you can preregister at www.FoodForThePoor.org/Christopher.
Participants will have 1.5 miles of a scenic paved trail to either walk or run. Breakfast and beverages will be provided along with many unique raffle prizes during this family fun event.
"I feel blessed and inspired by Christopher's compassion for others. Seeing young children empathize gives me great hope for the future of the world," said Sarah Evans, Christopher's mother. "The committee of Palm Beach Day Academy third-graders who are now working with Christopher on this event already has impressive plans for next year's Hope Walk event."
The funds raised from this Saturday's walk will relocate a family from Alpha Village, which is located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. It's a harsh community of makeshift structures that's situated between a polluted body of water and an active landfill. The new home will be located within the new community in Gressier.
"We love and appreciate all of our donors who are helping to transform the lives of the families in the countries where this charity serves, but there's something especially endearing when that donor is very young," said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. "Christopher and his classmates are the future and it's refreshing when we can help instill in them the importance of how helping others is a blessing, not only for the recipient, but for the donor as well."
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 primarily 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. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5 percent of our expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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