UNC Non-Profit Raises Over $17,000 with Annual 5K

Carolina For The Kids, formerly UNC Dance Marathon, is a student-run non-profit at UNC. The organization held its annual 5k Sunday morning.

Kilometers For The Kids (KFTK) raised $17,795.25  through registrations, sponsors and donations to support the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital.

Carolina FTK partnered with the Office of New Students and Carolina Parent Programs to include KFTK in UNC’s Family Weekend 2016. The event also included a one-mile fun run.

A UNC student gets a pie in the face at the KFTK one-mile fun run. Photo via Carolina For The Kids.

A UNC student gets a pie in the face at the KFTK one-mile fun run. Photo via Carolina For The Kids.

Publicity Chair Jacob Blount said it was an exciting start to the year of fundraising.

“We are thrilled with the turnout and success of this year’s Kilometers For The Kids race,” he said. “It was great to see so many Carolina families take part in the run and we’re excited to have raised over $17,000.”

Carolina FTK supports multiple programs and grants for UNC Children’s. Executive Director Elizabeth Brown said all funds from KFTK will go toward these programs.

“We work year round to provide support for the patients and families of UNC Children’s and KTFK is an important part of that,” she said.

Carolina For The Kids is largest student fundraiser on UNC’s campus. The organization holds its biggest event, a 24-hour dance marathon, each spring. Last year, Carolina FTK raised $614,717.71 through multiple events, fundraisers and donations.


Orange County Public Library holds 5K

The Orange County Public Library is holding a noncompetitive 5K run-walk at Riverwalk and Gold Park on Saturday, June 11.

The event begins at eight o’clock Saturday morning near the downtown Riverwalk entrance. Parking is available at the Eno River Parking Deck and at the end of Nash and Kollock Street.

Traffic is expected to be higher than usual on the trails. Volunteers will be present to direct foot and bicycle traffic. Motorists should expect additional traffic near the intersection of Churton and Nash and Kollock Streets.

The event will be followed by the library’s summer reading program sign-up party.

For more information or to sign up visit the library’s website here.


Guardians of the Hill 5K

Beginning at 8:30 am on May 31 is the annual Guardians of the Hill 5K and Family Fun Run, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Police Department. The race is set to take place through the Southern Community Park in Southern Village.

The event will feature many fun, family-oriented events that allow for participants to win prizes and get educated on the many public safety organizations of Chapel Hill, including the Police Department, Fire Department, and Orange County Emergency Services.

There will also be a free child ID event, in which parents can receive a CD and printout along with their child’s photo, fingerprints, and other important information.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to The North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

In order to learn more about how to participate in the 5K, be sure to visit CHPD.us and click the “Guardians of the Hill” link or search for “Guardians of the Hill” at SportOften.com.


5k Walk/Run For St. Paul Village

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill’s cornerstone church, St. Paul AME, plans to hold several events in the next year to raise money for the St. Paul Village and to celebrate their 150 anniversary.

One of the main events the church will hold is a 5k walk and run on March 1.  Race Chair, Joe Bynum, says that the proceeds will be helpful for the church.

“This is a 5k representing St. Paul, and it’s going to be a money stream for the general Village of St. Paul, what we are trying to build” Bynum says.

Earlier this year St. Paul held their first 5k walk with around 200 participants and rose over $8000 for the church.  This year Bynum says that they want to expand to more people in the surrounding area.

“We’re expanding our reaches, we’re going out for everybody, we’re trying to be a general area thing, we want to stretch-out, we want to go to Alamance County, the further way out your license plate the happier I’ll be” Bynum states.

Next year the church will also celebrate its 150 anniversary in October, but Reverend Thomas Nixon says that they have many events planned for throughout the year.

“January, February will be a month of celebrating our history, and March is going to be community outreach month, April is men’s month, May is health month, June is Christian education, youth is all July, and the month of August is going to be major banquet” Nixon says.

The banquet will be held at the Sheraton Imperia Hotel with a guest speaker people will be impressed to see. The anniversary worship service will be held in October, along with the official ground breaking for the St. Paul Village.  They will finish off the year with a gospel fest and worship service on December 31, 2014.

Registration cost for the 5k will be $20 for individuals and $40 for families if you register before February 1 next year, after that it will go up to $25 and $45.

For more information on registering click here.