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McPherson College Hosts ‘Food For Orphans Anti-Hunger Run’

posted Aug 12, 2013 in CAMPUS EVENTS

At one inch wide, 2 millimeters thick, and a weight of less than six paper clips, a quarter coin seems nothing but a trifle.

But for an orphaned child, one quarter may be all that stands between eating tonight and going hungry yet again.

So when McPherson College teams up with Food For Orphans for an Anti-Hunger Run on Aug. 20, even small donations will make a huge difference for some of the 60 million orphans in developing countries suffering from famine, poverty and conflict.

“The Anti-Hunger Run is a great way to bring the community together for a cause greater than ourselves,” said Sonja Johnson, AHR/SAC Coordinator for Food for Orphans. “It really is a rewarding way to make a huge impact in the world.”

The Anti-Hunger Run will kick off with registration beginning at 9:45 a.m. at McPherson College Stadium track, 1600 E. Euclid, McPherson, Kan. The registration fee is $15 per runner, which pays for a T-shirt and meals for 60 orphans. Each participant then runs or walks for one hour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to help raise awareness.

Dr. Shay Maclin, dean of students and assistant professor of education, said the fundraiser would be a great way for incoming MC students to get an early taste of what the college’s mission - “Scholarship. Participation. Service.” - actually means.

“We are happy to be teaming up with Food for Orphans this year as our introductory service experience for our first year students,” she said.

Food For Orphans is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Colorado that has provided more than 3 million meals during the last six years in some of the most desperate areas in the world. Just a few of these include the Central African Republic, Togo, Kenya, Peru, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Malawi.

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