City Mission announces run for the homeless

Jennifer Roche, Student Writer

Once again, it is time for the People’s City Mission’s Annual Run for the Homeless event.
This year, the 5K run (1 mile walk), will take place on Saturday, June 16, at Lincoln’s Haymarket Park Stadium. The run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Michelle Orth, volunteer coordinator for the mission, said, “Last year, we had more than 800 runners and walkers registered for the event. We are hoping that this year’s numbers will be even bigger.”
Orth added, “We are hoping to raise awareness for the programs offered by the Mission and all of the work we do. The 2011 ‘Run’ raised over $25,000. Hopefully, we will exceed that this year.”
There is no cost to run the race; however, the People’s City Mission in encouraging participants to raise at least $25. Those who raise $25 or more will receive a T-shirt for participation.
Orth said, “It’s a small way to thank those who have helped our programs.”
Donations will be accepted at the event.
Runners and walkers alike are encouraged to take part.
In the past, families with small children have attended and the event has been crafted to encourage families to participate by offering family-friendly activities like face painting for the kids.
Additionally, other runners and walkers have even brought their pets to participate.
In addition to the runners and walkers, Run for the Homeless has also reached the mass media by acquiring sponsorships from local radio and television stations including KFRX radio and KLKN.
Proceeds from the event go to fund a variety of programs run by the mission for members of the Lincoln community.
Questions regarding the event can be directed to Michelle Orth, or Lisa McClung, the director of community relations for the Mission.