Saint Alphonsus Ligouri Catholic Church in Zionsville will host the 12th annual You Can Call Me Al 5K run benefiting Croix Fer, Haiti at 8 a.m. Aug. 4. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and micro loans.
“We have two additional scholarship students this year,” said Kim Reinhart, event coordinator. “We’re providing funding for their education. We have a new program this year. The funds from the race will go toward micro loans. We’re teaching more economic development for sustainability.”
Money raised last year funded a community water well and an outdoor cooking space.
“We have been able to dig a well with donations,” Reinhart said. “They’ll be able to provide clean, fresh water to many in the community. We were able to complete the outdoor cafeteria and put a roof overhead. It provides not only shade, but it also gives them a safe space to host weddings and celebrations. With our help they’re also going to be getting a projector so they can have community movie night so they have things to do outside their work. We want to be able to give them a little recreational time as a family. To us, that’s no big deal, but to them, it’s a big deal.”
A kids fun run at 9 a.m for youth 10-and-under also will be part of the 5K event. Kids T-shirts are available online for $15. There will be a raffle with prizes awarded at the end of the race.
The event is sponsored by Ascension Health. Registration is $30 for an individual and $60 for a group of three.
To register, visit zionsvillecatholic.com/news/you-can-call-me-al-5k-race-1.