Did you know?…
153 million children worldwide, ranging from infants to teenagers, have lost one or both parents (UNICEF).
This October, Compassion Corps is putting on an event to raise awareness and funds that will go toward the work of supporting orphans in the communities where we work in Liberia and Uganda. In conjunction with churches all over the world that are observing Orphan Sunday this fall, we are excited to be making this opportunity available for local families and congregations.
Join us for a fun morning at Ridley Creek State Park (Pavilion #17) on Saturday, October 25th. Check-in begins at 9am and the race begins at 10am. The 5K course will be open to runners and walkers and is even accessible by stroller. Families with children may want to take advantage of the Kids’ Fun Run that will be set up for younger participants to enjoy. You can read more about Orphan Day 5K on our event page or register yourself or your entire family online today!
For the past 4 years, staff member, Lexie Archer, has been heading up the committee that plans this annual 5K event. She’s so excited about the way that this event has grown and developed over the years and is especially thrilled with the recent focus toward promoting orphan awareness. Lexie says:
“It’s one simple, small activity we can all do, but it is representative of something much more complex and significant. It’s a way for all of us to be a tiny part of God’s solution to these children’s overwhelming cry for help.”
While the event has always been about kids (previously known as the “5K 2Kare 4Kids”), the new title and emphasis of the Orphan Day 5K helps participants connect even more with the cause and more importantly, with the kids.
In fact, Compassion Corps encourages individuals who are especially interested in the plight of orphans to find out more about our Student Sponsorship program. Many of the children eagerly awaiting sponsors are indeed orphans and you can help meet their physical and educational needs with just $30/month. Learn more!