A pre-event beach cleanup and celebration will be held on Oct. 4 to encourage participants to sign up for Food For The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger in November. The effort to keep the beach barefoot friendly will start at 9 a.m., with a group photo scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the intersection of Taylor Street and the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Plan to come early to park on the street or at the public garage on Harrison Street. From 11 to 1 p.m., invite your friends and teammates to stop by Toucan’s Oceanside Bar & Grill, 500 N. Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019. Enjoy refreshments, learn about Food For The Poor’s work and win prizes from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
Participants can register for Food For The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 North Park Road, Hollywood, Fla. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Cost of pre-registration is $25 for adults (14+), and is free for participants 13 and under. Registration is $30 for adults on the day of the event.
The Honorable Franz Hall, Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami; Eric Yutzy, co-anchor for WPLG-TV Local 10 Morning News; and Natacha Sarthou Kalicharan, Mrs. West Indies International 2014, will join walkers and runners at the 5K Walk/Run. There will be refreshments, food available from The Food Truck Collective-Southern Florida, music, balloon artists, an appearance by Billy the Marlin (the official mascot of the Miami Marlins), and face painters at this family event. Race timing will be provided by AccuChip.
Handcrafted tin-art medallions from Haiti will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place finishers in each age bracket for 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.
On the event website, supporters can register to take advantage of tips designed to help reach fundraising goals. Information about how to earn community service hours and how to download Facebook cover photos for the charity’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger is also available online.
Participants who raise more than $100 will receive a goody bag full of gifts from local businesses and unique items from the countries Food For The Poor serves. These supporters also will have the satisfaction of knowing that their donation has helped to feed starving families. For $102.20, Food For The Poor can feed seven families for a month.
Donations to this year’s event will stretch twice as far, as a generous donor has agreed to match every dollar raised with an additional dollar’s worth of food. Proceeds will provide lifesaving food to destitute families in the Caribbean and Latin America.
For more information, please call 954-427-2222, ext. 6854 or email [email protected]. Participants can register the day of the event. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m., with the awards ceremony immediately following.
The event’s presenting sponsor is Toshiba. Additional event sponsors include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Cruise Planners, Dennis Charley & Associates, Herbalife, Iberia Bank, Jamaica Tourist Board, Kind Snacks, Miami Marlins, Orange Theory, Paw Depot, Publix, Rockers Movement, Seaboard Marine, Square, Sun-Sentinel, TD Bank, Tri-Rail, Unum, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Waste Management and Wells Fargo.
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.