Cincy Kids 4 Kids, a local non-profit organization that helps children in need, is hosting a Stop Walk and Roll 5K and a carnival Sept. 8 at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Union Township.
The 5K will raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children and the carnival will raise money for Cincy Kids 4 Kids’ other community programs and causes including holiday gifts for children in need, school supplies for children and much more.
“Anyone who wants to make a difference to an area child in need, this is a way you can do it,” Missy Bastin, co-founder of Cincy Kids 4 Kids, said about the event.
Bastin said last year 130 walkers and runners participated in the 5K event and they raised $5,000. She said she is hoping for that many or more to participate this year.
“This year we made it more family-friendly,” Bastin said about the 5K.
She said they changed the registration fees to $25 for adults, $10 for children and $15 for students.
Bastin said the ambassador for the 5K this year is George Sumrall, a 4-year-old who was attacked by a dog. Bastin said George was living in South Carolina at the time, and because of the severity of his injury doctors could not do much for him there. She said George’s parents brought him to Shriners in Cincinnati.
George’s mother, April, said without Shriners Hospitals for Children, her son would not be here today.
Bastin said they chose George to be ambassador because they felt it was important for people to know Shriners treats more than just burns.
“We are hoping to just raise more awareness for Shriners Hospital,” Bastin said.
Bastin said the proceeds from the 5K will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children. She said anyone can participate including walkers or runners of all ages.
Following the 5K, Bastin said the carnival will begin at the park.
“At the finish line, you’ll go right into the carnival,” Bastin said.
She said there will be a variety of games including an Angry Birds game, a duck pond, pick-a-prize, a SpongeBob game and more. There will also be a dunking booth and other activities during the carnival.
Bastin said there will also be a variety of prizes including gift certificates, a bicycle and a Nintendo Wii.
“With 25-cent games a family can spend $10 and go away with some prizes and go away knowing they can make a difference,” Bastin said.