Arlington Heights parish to hold its first Run/Walk for the Poor Saturday

  • Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights will hold a Friends of the Poor 5K run and one mile walk Sept. 25 as a fundraiser for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

    Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights will hold a Friends of the Poor 5K run and one mile walk Sept. 25 as a fundraiser for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Courtesy of Amy Somary

  • Sally Shewmon, a teacher at Our Lady of the Wayside School, trains for the parish's upcoming charity run.

    Sally Shewmon, a teacher at Our Lady of the Wayside School, trains for the parish's upcoming charity run. Courtesy of Our Lady of the Wayside

 
Submitted by Amy Somary
Posted9/21/2021 12:07 PM

Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights will hold its first St. Vincent de Paul 5K Fun Run/Walk for the Poor Saturday, Sept. 25. All runners and walkers are welcome -- young and "seasoned," fabulously fit and those working on it, or anyone who wants to support a good cause.

Registration is available online at bit.ly/2021WalkForPoor.

 

Same-day registration (cash or checks only) is also available, starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Packet pickup is from 7-7:30 a.m. The event will start at the parish parking lot, 434 W. Park St., Arlington Heights. The Kids' Dash begins at 7:45 a.m. A 5K run and one mile neighborhood walk for all ages will begin at 8 a.m. sharp.

The registration fee is $40 per individual or $100 per family. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul at Wayside. The Kids' Dash is free for children 10 and under.

The first 225 participants will receive a T-shirt, water bottle, wristband and drawstring bag.

The St. Vincent De Paul ministry at OLW provides emergency assistance, counseling, support and referral services to neighbors in need, particularly those struggling with illness, unemployment or displacement. One does not need to be a parish member to seek assistance. In the past three years, SVDP Wayside volunteers have distributed nearly $55,000 to help with utility bills, rent, food, transportation, and medical expenses. They typically assist between 50 and 75 families each year.

"This is a great cause for an important ministry. Now that employment security assistance has stopped and the rental moratorium has ended, I expect the need in our community to increase," said John Supplitt, race manager and member of the SVDP ministry at Wayside. "Unfortunately, donations have declined and we are anticipating needs to rise. This event puts us in position to respond to those needs."

Unable to join? Contribute to SVDP at www.givecentral.org/location/120.

SVDP Chicago is dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger throughout Cook and Lake counties. The group has been reaching out in communities throughout Cook and Lake counties for more than 168 years. Its mission is to be a force of good throughout times of war, global pandemics and economic crises.

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