By Rev. Judy Boroto
Twenty people arrived at the parking lot of Faith UMC on Saturday, April 27th at 7:15 a.m. for the church’s First Annual Walkathon. They were wearing their church t-shirts and signs that read, “Stamp Out Malaria.”
The longer of two routes went from the church on 19th Avenue, south to Northern; west to 23rd Avenue; north to Alice Avenue, and south again on 19th to the church. This measured 2.6 miles. The shorter route was 19th to Butler to 23rd to Alice and back to the church. This was 1.5 miles.
Everyone opted for one lap of the longer route. Three brave souls went another long lap, while the 2nd lap for one was the shorter route. The 17 walkers completed a group total of 53.5 miles. Sponsors collectively donated $2,041.
Three persons assisted with two water stations and a relief vehicle. We are grateful that the vehicle was not needed.
Ages of those participating ranged from 9 year olds to 90 year olds.
Future walkathons will probably be scheduled at a cooler time of year, but the heat did not stop this brave group.
The Walkathon is only one of several undertakings by the congregation at Faith UMC to raise awareness of malaria in the world and to raise money to help in the effort to stamp out this terrible disease.