By: Jen Russon
Tradewinds Park is gearing up for its sixth annual 5K Walk/Run for the Poor. The Coconut Creek event is sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and supported by Catholic churches in Parkland, Coral Springs and Tamarac.
Held on Saturday, March 16th, event’s organizer, Ron Malanowski said he is looking forward to big turnout, as the Walk for the Poor is free, non-timed, and has activities geared toward every age group.
“The funds we raise help those in need right here in our own communities,” said Malanowski, who is a resident of Coral Springs. He said that parishioners from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Andrew, Mary Help of Christians and St. Malachy are all involved in getting the word out about this important fundraiser.
Donations to St. Vincent de Paul include food and service programs to anyone in need – especially those who continue to struggle after hurricanes, are homeless, or simply destitute and rely on thrift store donations, senior and youth programs to help them get back on their feet.
Malonowski described what to expect at this year’s Walk for the Poor. He said there will be activities for kids, like arts and crafts, a bounce house and chance to get a fun, temporary tattoo. Adults can look forward to karaoke, a silent auction, live DJ and good food in the way of BBQ.
For Catholics looking for ways to brighten up the Lent season with some music and chance to buy his CD, Frank Loconto’s “The Singing Rosary” will be onsite at Tradewinds. Fans will recognize the track, “Mysteries of Light”. Loconto’s proceeds on the $20 album go toward charity. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
Among their offerings and services, “embracing the lonely, forgotten, and alienated”, is one of the things that Councils in the Archdiocesan Council of Miami – of which St. Vincent de Paul is a part – have done for 47 years. The Walk for the Poor 5k helps them achieve their mission of love. Over 20 corporate sponsors are behind this year’s annual event and include Penn Dutch, YouFit gym and State Farm Insurance.
“Bring your whole family – there’s fun for everyone,” Malonowki said.
Although you can register at the event, early online registration is available here. To make an online donation, or learn more about different ways to donate, explore the St. Vincent de Paul site. Donations are also being accepted at the Walk for the Poor Event.
The walk will be held at 3600 W Sample Rd in Coconut Creek. Runners will begin the 5k at 8:30 a.m. The five mile walk begins at 8:45 a.m.
Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English Language Arts teacher. She has published two novels to Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.