With their sights set on helping Prince Albert’s most vulnerable residents, the Fourth Annual Gift of Mercy Fun Run has been set for Sept. 8.
Why not make this year’s event the best yet, key organizer Ron Poetker asked, kicking off early registrations this week.
“It’s been around that 50-75 mark the last couple of years, but we’d like to see that number jump up to 100,” he said of the hoped-for leap in registration numbers.
Although the event isn’t for another month, to meet the ambitious registration goal, those interested in participating can already pick up the necessary forms from the Prince Albert Alliance Church.
Although the fun run event is fun in itself, Poetker notes that the underlining goal is helping others, with 100 per cent of participants’ entry fees going toward charitable donations.
“We have corporate sponsorship which allows us to run the event, which covers the costs of the event, and all of the registration fees go toward one of three charities,” he explained.
These charities include the trinity of basic needs of human beings — food, shelter, and water.
The food section is covered by the Share a Meal Food Bank, the shelter component by the YWCA Our House, and the water component by the Mennonite Central Committee Water for Zambia project.
“We don’t have big issues of water in Saskatchewan, but a lot of places in the world do,” Poetker explained of the single non-local charity.
There’s a great need in this community for helping hands, Poetker said, so why not provide one?
“There are people that have needs as far as food and shelter around our community and we thought this would be one way for us to have an event that allows us to partner with the needs of our community,” he said.
“We just feel that’s an important step that we can contribute to our community and share with them the resources that we have.”
Registration for the Fourth Annual Gift of Mercy Fun Run is by donation, with a $30 suggested pledge per person and $100 per family.
“The $30 is basically just a minimum that they provide to the charity, but they can put any number in their registration form,” Poetker said.
The run will begin at the skateboard park and run along the southern edge of the Rotary Trail, with two, five and 10-kilometre runs to choose from. T-shirts, food, a prize table and other goodies will be available at the event.
Registration forms and more information on the annual run can be provided by the Prince Albert Alliance Church, which is organizing the event. Their contact number is 763-3771.
The event’s Facebook page is located online, at www.facebook.com/giftofmercyfunrun.