Saint Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in Zionsville will conduct the 13th annual You Can Call Me Al 5K run benefiting Croix Fer, Haiti, at 8 a.m. Aug. 3. Proceeds will go to St. Anthony of Padua School to provide a fresh water supply, feed children and pay monthly salaries for teachers, nurses and cooks for three village schools as well as help purchase medical supplies and supplies for the remodeled cafeteria and community center.
“The race is so important because it gives us a slush fund. It also allows us to provide essentials as needed based on their requests,” said Kim Reinhart, event coordinator. “We assess the situation and then can distribute the money how we see fit.”
Last year, participation doubled from 2017.
“With the money raised we were able to buy a complete generator for the entire church, which allows them to utilize refrigeration and electricity,” Reinhart said. “They were losing so much food. They would receive milk and then they would have no electricity. Then, people would get sick so it’s a big deal.”
The event includes a 100-yard “fun run” for kids 10 and under.
“The kids have a blast and it’s free for them to participate,” Reinhart said. “If they would like a T-shirt, the cost is $15.”
Participants will be eligible for prizes.
“We are going to be doing a lot of gifts through the community and gift cards,” Reinhart said. “We’ve really stepped up the prizes this year.”
The race begins and ends at the church, 1870 W. Oak St. Registration is $30 per person and $60 per group of three. Guests must register by July 22 to receive a T-shirt. To register, visit zionsvillecatholic.com/events/haiti5k.