World Relief runs with the nations


Share
Posted Online: Oct. 04, 2013, 3:20 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com
MOLINE -- If refugees had to flee their countries as fast as their legs could carry them, local runners should find a flat 5K course or a mile run in Moline a breeze.

World Relief Moline, a not-for-profit agency providing services to refugees and immigrants in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa, will hold its first Run with the Nations fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 19.

"We're up to 35 runners right now," director Amy Rowell said. "We're hoping for 200 runners and we're hoping to raise $10,000.

"I'm learning how runners like to wait and see what the weather's going to be like," she said. "Refugees flee in all sorts of weather, and if they can flee so fast to save their lives, we should be able to run a little to raise money to help them, don't you think?"

She urged people to register early at getmeregistered.com for discounted rates. The 5K will cost $30, unless registering online with a "STAND2013" code for a $5 discount. The mile fun run will cost $20, unless getting the $5 online discount, Ms. Rowell said.

Costs will include commemorative T-shirts and goodie bags, she said. Packet pickups will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the World Relief office, 1204 4th Ave. For information, call 309-764-2279, or email ARowell@wr.org.

The race will begin and end at the office. The mile fun run will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9. A small post-race party will be held and will feature bounce houses, face painting and activities for kids, and a "chance to meet your neighbors," Ms. Rowell said.

Awards will be given to top overall male and female finishers, and to the top three finishers in each age division.

Trophies for top winners will be hand-crafted wooden pieces made by an artist who resettled to the Quad-Cities from Africa. The awards will be in the shape of hands holding a globe, Ms. Rowell said.

Runners also will be entertained by several international choirs, representing a myriad of nations, she said. "We also will have 40 flags on display representing other nations on the day of the race to give God the glory.

"God's the one who plans to bring people together, and he's the one who orchestrates where His people will live," Ms. Rowell said.

Money raised will benefit refugees new to the U.S., to help cover some initial resettlement costs, help them get clothes and shoes for new jobs, or to assist with rent, utility or miscellaneous costs, to help them finish fleeing from their home countries.















 



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






(More History)