5K to benefit church ministry, shoe charity
by Mark Andrews
Sep 19, 2013 | 1169 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second year, Greater New Fellowship Baptist Church in Cassville wil host its Run for the Son 5K and 1 mile walk/run this Saturday at Dellinger Park beginning at 8 a.m.

“The Run for the Son was originally created to encourage people to not only seek after spiritual health, but also seek after physical health,” the Rev. Carlos Calhoun said. “Understandably many weight-associated illnesses run rampant in our community, [like] diabetes, high blood pressure. And most of the time when you speak with a medical professional, they’ll say that exercise can remedy a lot of those [problems], so we’re striving to encourage our members as well as the community to seek after spiritual health as well as physical health.”

Beyond the $20 registration fee, the church also is asking for the donation of one pair of shoes in any condition for the Soles4Souls charity.

“This year we’re adding a component through Soles4Souls,” Calhoun said. “Their goal is to eliminate poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothes throughout third-world countries, so we’ve partnered with them to ... also embrace the concept of charity and giving.”

According to www.soles4souls.org, “Founded in 2004, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

“Soles4Souls distributes shoes and clothing in two ways. Most new items collected primarily from corporations and retailers are given directly to people in need, both in the U.S. and overseas. The organization has relationships with several of the world’s leading apparel brands, which provides Soles4Souls with new but non-marketable overstocks, returns, discontinued models and other shoes or clothing items.

“At the same time, Soles4Souls receives millions of articles of used shoes and clothing that have been collected by individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. After sorting items in its national warehouse system, Soles4Souls typically sells the used shoes and clothing, as well as some new items allocated by manufacturers, to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations. These both private and non-profit companies are contracted to provide shipping, financing, inventory, training and other support to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income.”

Calhoun said the money raised from the $20 entry fee will further the church’s ministries.

“The key component of [the fundraiser], the money goes to some of the initiatives at our church and we work with troubled teens; we have a program called College Crusaders where we go out and help members of the community get enrolled in college and we do college tours,” Calhoun said. “We have several youth programs we do on Monday afternoons where we have food and refreshments and we also have a Bible study — we call that Cafč 101 — so a lot of the resources are used to continue the ministry in our community working with youth as well as adults.”

He said he was optimistic about the results of the upcoming event.

“We hope to have 100 people participating in the race ... and we’re hoping to receive no less than 100 pairs of shoes and we’re well on our way to reach that goal,” Calhoun said.

For more information and to register, contact Calhoun at 678-315-6143.