On Saturday, December 1, from 9 am-12 pm at Noble Park, Beyond Uganda presents their 2nd Annual Santa 5K Fun Run. This is a 5K run/walk for people of all ages. From serious runners to a family fun walk. It’s a great opportunity to come out and show support for Beyond Uganda. All funds raised will 100% go to widows and abandoned children in East Africa.

Beyond Uganda was started in 2011by then 16-year-old Hunter Gurrola Anderson while on a mission trip. Their passion became a mission for the whole family and community. The organization currently has a home office here in Paducah that is staffed by a dedicated group who run the day-to-day operations. Together with volunteers they raise funds to help many people – both locally and in Eastern Uganda.

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The Santa 5K Fun Run is sure to be a great morning filled great exercise, but also raffles and awards. The race will be timed with overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals awarded. Participants can also win prizes for best Santa outfit and Christmas outfit. Every runner will receive a goody bag, a Santa Fun Run Shirt, and a Santa hat. Everyone will receive a candy cane at the finish line. . Bottled water and bananas will be provided for all runners to keep them hydrated and cramp free.

The raffle consists of giveaway gifts at the end of the race just as their way of saying thank you and fun. There are handmade items from Africa, donated items from area businesses and gift cards. An MC will play music and give instructions to the runners and spectators.

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Follow this link to register for the race! Registration starts at 8 am with the run beginning at 9 am. 

“We have events like the one coming up Saturday to raise awareness and funds so that we can continue the work,” said Gurrola. “We also take 3 - 4 mission trips a year to Uganda to give others the chance to see it firsthand. Many of the people who sponsor children and keep them in school go to visit them so that they can meet them face to face.”

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“The public is also invited to our Holiday Shopping Bazaar which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9 at Heartland Church, in Paducah.”

Beyond Uganda

Beyond Uganda has a vision - that every person is given the tools and opportunity to break the cycle of generational poverty empowering them to become self-sustainable in their own lives and contributing member of their community.

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Beyond Uganda supports a clean water program, a women’s skills and loan program, as well as a housing and education program for orphaned, and abandoned children. They support 14 staff in a local office in Uganda and have founded churches and educational programs.

The office here in Lone Oak has a small store that carries items made by the women in Uganda who have been through the program. Profits from the sale of these goods helps to provide them a self-sustainable income - helping to breaks the cycle of poverty.

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For more information, follow Beyond Uganda on Facebook and Twitter or visit beyonduganda.org.