You Can Call Me Al 5K to benefit Haitian community

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By Renee Larr

Saint Alphonsus Ligouri Catholic Church in Zionsville will host its annual “You Can Call Me Al” 5K run benefiting Croix Fer, Haiti, at 8 a.m. July 29. Proceeds will go toward a fresh water supply, feeding children at the local school, completing the school and building functional restrooms and supplies for the newly remodeled kitchen.

“We’re looking to provide families with more options, more clean water and then completion of any other projects. It’s a humanitarian effort, and we’re doing it for the people and the children in Haiti,” event coordinator Kim Reinhart said.

The race is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

“The St. Alphonsus Knights of Columbus believe in charity, unity and fraternity. We genuinely want to support our parish,” Grand Knight Steve Hanson said. “The fact that the proceeds benefit Haiti and our sister parish is important to us as well. The 5K is a chance for families to have some fun and give back to those in need.”

Last year, the race raised more than $5,000. This year, organizers hope to have at least 300 people attend. Registration is $25 per person. Groups of three or more are $20 for the first two people and $15 for each additional family member.

“The money that was raised last year went to some projects,” Reinhart said. “Then we went back as a group to Haiti to make sure we were doing the projects in a way that fulfilled their need.”

New this year is a free Kids Fun Run for children 10 and younger, beginning at 9 a.m.

For more, visit secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126822.

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