Many high school students participate in community events. One Zionsville High School senior, Connie McCarthy, wanted to be more involved in philanthropy, so she took on the daunting task of starting a charity 5K run/walk event.
The 5K for Life,set for July 21 at 9 a.m., will benefit So Big, a nonprofit organization that offers help for pregnant women.
“So Big opened up in Whitestown on March 1,” McCarthy said. “They take in expecting mothers or people with young children. They’ll teach them life skills, personal finance and help them get an education or a job. They’ll stay there until they’re ready to go out on their own.”
McCarthy heard about the organization from a family friend and wanted to help.
“I wanted to do something for the community, but I also love running,” McCarthy said. “I’m also into helping mothers and the pro-life community, so I thought this would be a good way to combine both of those things.”
The band Notable Measures will be perform at the race. The winner will receive a $35 gift card donated by Kern Bro’s Shoes.
“It starts at ZHS. The route goes through the village and onto the Rail Trail and then ends back at the ZHS,” McCarthy said. “It’s a run/walk, so it can be competitive if you wanted to make it competitive but you could also walk or jog. It’s for all levels.”
So Big welcomes McCarthy’s desire to help.
“Connie’s passion to organize this run and benefit So Big is helping us to make that difference in the lives of women and their children,” said Dr. Lori Buzzetti, founder and president of So Big. “We are very grateful for all that she is doing and we hope that the community will turn out to support her and us in this wonderful event.
To register, visit runsignup.com/race/in/zionsville/zsfl5kforlife