Let’s be honest, we hate running the mile in gym.
But what if you could run or walk or jog half a mile and at the same time, make a difference in the lives of children across the world while you’re doing it?
The Save the Children club will be hosting an Awareness Run on Tues., Oct 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the track around the football stadium.
Save the Children is a non-governmental organization that is active across the nation and works to provide relief, support, and aid to children in developing countries. For example, on Tues., Oct. 15, an island of the Philippines was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and Save the Children is on alert, prepared to attend to the needs of affected children and their families.
Participation in the run will be free and all who attend will be entered in a drawing for over 30 prizes from sponsors including: Advantage Testing, Athletic Shoe Factory, Benefit Cosmetics, Dunkin Donuts, Kaia Yoga, Louis Vuitton, Silver Luggage, Staples Office Supplies, and Stew Leonard’s.
“So far 18 local companies have pledged support for a total of $3,400 in cash, gift cards and products,” Jess Shaw ’15, president of the club, said.
However, club member Kristen Onorato ’15 notes that the main goal of this run is not to raise money.
“[The main goal] is to spread awareness and get students to make an impact on other children,” Onorato said.
Right now, four sports teams (football, cross country, cheerleading, and girls soccer) and at least five clubs have signed up to take part in the event.
Club adviser Marjorie Palmer believes that the importance of building a community within Staples is a great reason to participate.
Palmer also believes that it is important for students to learn about the lives of children who struggle everyday for basics like food and water.
According to the World Hunger Education Services, malnutrition is affecting 32.5 percent of children in developing countries. At the event, there will be signs surrounding the track depicting certain issues faced by malnourished children around the world.
“[This run] may give the participant a greater understanding of those who go without food and basic necessities,” Palmer said.
The club is aiming to show that the Staples community is able to come together and spread awareness for a cause.
“Just showing up shows you care,” Shaw said.
To win one of the prizes ranging from $20-$500 and receive a certificate of completion after finishing the run, e-mail StaplesAware@gmail.com and add your name as the subject.