Five-year-old Jake bounds over the finish line at Convoy of Hope’s first 5K run in Springfield, Mo., and knows exactly whom he’s running for. “I’m running for this guy because he doesn’t have food!” says Jake, pointing to a picture on his running bib of one of the children enrolled in Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding initiative in Africa.
More than 400 people participated in “Running with Convoy” which raised funds to support Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding initiatives, disaster response work and U.S. community outreach events. Participants passed through areas highlighting the regions around the world where Convoy of Hope has more than 125,000 children enrolled in its children’s feeding initiatives: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. “On behalf of the people around the world served by Convoy of Hope and its supporters, I’d like to thank all the volunteers and participants who made this event a success,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope.
“Convoy of Hope does amazing things around the world so I just wanted to be supportive and a part of this event,” says Brian Todd, who won the 5K with a time of 17:39. Ashley Eastin won the women’s division with a time of 22:34.
Next year’s “Running with Convoy” is scheduled for September 21, 2013.