Go for Bo! Celebrates Five Years of Helping Children
2015 Go for Bo! 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run and Tot Dash
Saturday, October 10, 2015
1-Mile Fun Run & Tot Dash at 8:00 a.m.; 5K at 8:30 a.m.
Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 161 Embrey Mill Road, Stafford, Virginia
Registration: 5K - $25; 1-Mile Fun Run - $10; Tot Dash – Free
Special activities for children and complimentary post-race pancake breakfast!
Go for Bo! celebrates five years of providing help and hope for children on October 10. The annual event, featuring a 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run and Tot Dash, supports Helping Children Worldwide's Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, Africa. The races begin and end at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Stafford, and include special activities for children and a complimentary pancake breakfast.
"Go for Bo! started as a means to deepen Ebenezer's relationship with Helping Children Worldwide (HCW) and give financial support to the missions in Bo, while engaging our community in a family-friendly event," explained Tina DeBoeser, Director of Serve Ministries at Ebenezer. "The race not only raises money, it raises awareness."
HCW is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through education, health care and spiritual growth. It operates the Child Rescue Centre (CRC) and Mercy Hospital in Bo with help from 15 United Methodist Church partners, including Ebenezer.
The CRC opened in 2000 with the rescue of 40 children who were living in the streets after Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war. Over the past 15 years, the CRC has saved more than 400 children from child labor and trafficking. The students receive such tangible benefits as food, shelter, health care and education, as well as priceless gifts of hope, safety, faith and empowerment.
Mercy Hospital was founded in 2007 in response to Sierra Leone's staggering infant and maternal mortality rates. Today, the facility provides life-saving care for 10,000 patients each year, regardless of their ability to pay, with special emphasis on prenatal health, nutrition, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Since its inception in 2010, Go for Bo! has raised more than $45,000 for the vital work in West Africa. All sponsorship funds go directly to HCW. As Go for Bo! celebrates its fifth anniversary, organizers aim to raise $50,000 in sponsorship and register 500 runners, doubling last year's numbers.
"The goals for this year's race are big - bigger than ever before!" DeBoeser said. "Doubling our goal for this year is a huge leap of faith, but we feel our church and our community are ready to be generous with their donations."
Sponsorship levels range from $250, which funds one week of school tuition for every CRC resident to $10,000, which could provide a new solar power system for the facilities. The recent Ebola outbreak in Africa has served to highlight many of the critical needs in the region.
"The Ebola epidemic has brought so much media attention to West Africa. Folks who had never heard of Sierra Leone now understand the fragile nature of the population," DeBoeser said.
Helping to care for the expectant mothers and children at this time in Sierra Leone is our chance to actively be the hands and feet of God."
For more information about Go for Bo! sponsorship or registration, please visit www.goforbo.org.