On Saturday, December 2, Beyond Uganda presents their 1st Annual Santa 5K Fun Run. It will be held at Noble Park in Paducah from 8-11 am. This is a 5K run/walk for people of all ages - from serious runners to a family fun walk, this is your chance to come out and support Beyond Uganda. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to widows and abandoned children in East Africa.
The day is sure to be fun with raffles and awards for best Santa outfit and Christmas outfit. Every runner will receive a goody bag, a Santa Fun Run Shirt, and a Santa hat. Everyone who finishes will receive a candy cane as they cross the finish line!
“As this is the first year for the event we are not having a timed race,” said Capulan Gurrola, Executive Director for Beyond Uganda. “It will be a fun run for all ages with trophies for best Christmas outfit for a group and individual.”
“We will have an official timer for those runners that want to know their times. It will be Steven Spadafino, the head track coach for McCracken County High School. Spadafino is working with beyond Uganda so that next year’s event will be a timed and competitive event.”
The raffle will feature giveaway gifts at the end of the race - it’s their way of saying thank you and keeping it fun. There will be handmade items from Africa, donated items from area businesses and gift cards.
An MC will be at the event providing music and broadcasting instructions for the runners. Banks grocery has provided bottled water and bananas for all runners to keep them hydrated and cramp free.
Follow this link to register for the race! Registration starts at 8 am with the run beginning at 9 am.
“We have other events coming up where we plan to raise awareness and funds so that we can continue the work of Beyond Uganda,” said Gurraola. “We also take three or four mission trips a year to Uganda to give others the chance to see what we are doing first hand. “Many of the people that sponsor the education of the children we serve go to visit them and meet them face to face.”
“We are also hosting a Christmas Around the World Shopping Day on Sunday, December 3rd at Heartland Church. After that we are all going to stop and breathe until the end of the year and do it all over again in 2018.”
The Charity was started in 2011 by local teenager Hunter Gurrola Anderson after her experiences on a short term mission trip. It became a passion for the whole family and community. Beyond Uganda has its home office in Paducah where volunteers, together with a dedicated staff, man the day to day operations. They raise funds to help many people locally, but the majority of their effort is focused on Eastern Uganda.
The local office has a small store which carries items made by the women who are served by the charity in Uganda. It helps to provide them with a self-sustainable income.
In Uganda there are 14 local staff who manage an office, four churches, and a children’s home with 42 abandoned and/or neglected children. The charity also operates a women’s skills and loan program which 176 women that have successfully completed.