5k Run Benefiting Rebuilding Efforts in Grand Boulage, Haiti

Southbury, Connecticut – The Deacon Chuck Dietsch Memorial 5k Run/Walk for Haiti, formerly known as Hoof if for Haiti,

will take place on Saturday, April 28 at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury, Connecticut. The church is located at the corner of Main Street South and Route 172, just off Exit 14 from I – 84. The advanced registration fee for the event is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Same day registration will increase by $5. Racers also have the option of fundraising $100 or more to waive the registration fee. This year the course was redesigned to mitigate participants from busy roads and guide them through scenic areas of Southbury. To view the race map, download the registration/pledge form, access the online registration link, or sign up for volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.seedsofhopehaiti.org

The proceeds for this event will assist the 501(c)(3) organization, Seeds of Hope for Haiti, Inc., contribute to supplying basic needs of the 4,000 households in Grand Boulage, Haiti. Christine Granja, Chairperson of Seeds of Hope for Haiti, explains that over 91% of the proceeds are distributed amongst four areas; 61% education, 11% healthcare, 25% food and 3% emergency relief.

Granja goes on to explain that Seeds of Hope sustains a large portion of the teachers’ salaries, textbooks, various educational resources and one hot meal per day for each student. While the quality of education is increasing, Seeds of Hope is working diligently to expand healthcare resources. Grand Boulage is located in a rural area with the closest hospital located an hour away by car, and with only one car available in the village, many people are left to take public transportation or walk if emergency care is needed. The only healthcare available in town is a clinic that visits once a week, which can only assist 40 patients per day. Out of desperation, residents resort to sleeping in line overnight to ensure that they are seen by the doctor.

This year marks the 8th Anniversary of the devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of over 200,000 people. Even after 8 years, much of Haiti is still in disarray. Participants have the opportunity to run a 5k in a scenic town, while contributing to rebuilding a livable environment for the villagers Grand Boulage, Haiti.