Clare Whitney, a Schroon Lake teen, poses with students from the Chiquilistagua Publico school in Nicaragua. Whitney is planning a 5-kilometer run June 16 to raise lunch money for students at the school.
continued “Also, Mission of Hope’s slogan has always been ‘corazones y manos’ which translates from Spanish to ‘hearts and hands’ to show that we care and we take action,” she added. “For the run, I have come up with the slogan ‘corazones y pies,’ which means ‘hearts and feet’ to symbolize the reason why we are running.”
The race will be held at Schroon Lake Central School on Main Street. There will be a children’s fun run at 9 a.m. with the 5K race at 9:30 a.m. The course will include the school’s athletic fields.
Runners can contact Whitney at 532-9222 or Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Runners are asked to arrive between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m. to check in, receive a T-shirt and turn in their funds.
“I request that runners ask family, friends, neighbors, etc. for suggested pledges of $10,” Whitney said. “Any donation is important.
“My goal is to get 50 runners,” she said. “I know this is dreaming big, but this way, if each runner can get 10 people to donate $10 I can reach $5,000 by the run alone.”
Lee Silvernail, a physical education teacher at Schroon Lake, has been assisting Whitney in planning the race. The day of the race volunteers from the Mission of Hope and the school’s National Honor Society will be assisting.
Whitney is also planning a fundraising dinner the day of the race 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. There will be rice, beans, chicken and taco meat, fruit and desserts.
Runners can get dinner tickets for $1. Tickets for others will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children age 5 and younger will be free.
A spiritually-based humanitarian organization, the North Country Mission of Hope is committed to fostering hope and empowering relationships with the people of Nicaragua through sustainable programs in education, health care, community and ecological development. It began in 1998 by responding to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch on the impoverished villages of Nicaragua.