Mark your Calendars! Our “Run for the Island” is September 21, 2014

Run for the Island RunnersThe Run For The Island 5K is an annual fundraising event to benefit God’s Ministry in La Gonave, Inc. This ministry serves the physical, educational, spiritual, and medical needs of the residents in the village of Belle-Vie on the island of LaGonave, Haiti. This event has funded the construction of a 5 room school house which serves 200+ children, and a reservoir to collect clean drinking water for the school children as well as residents of the village.

This year’s Sponsors:

  • World Wide Technology
  • Metro Chiropractic
  • Redline Productions
  • Herbs & More
  • Jerry Eagen Family

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Run For the Island 2014 Logo SmallThis year’s Run For The Island 5K is set to take place in beautiful Creve Coeur Park, Sunday September 21st at 9:00 am.  An alternative 1 mile fun run/walk will be offered.  Awards will be given to the top make and female runner as well as top runner in age divisions.  Water and bagels to follow the race as well as an exciting charity raffle featuring: Samsung 55″ LCD TV, Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad Mini, Silver GoPro, and more! Raffle tickets may be purchased on our Donate Page; at World Wide Technology; or morning of the race.  Drawing to take place immediately after the Run.  Need not be present to win.  Registration fee is $30.  Register by September 13th to be guaranteed a shirt!

Run for the Island 2013 Raffle Winners

Congrats to the 2013 Major Prize winners:

  • Mary Conlon – 55″ Samsung 3D LED TV
  • Bill Bensinger – Apple iPad Mini

Other Raffle winners were: John Crouch, Bill Olwig, Maylet Martin, Karen Sutherland, John Zink, Shannon Lott, Stephanie Biederman, Carolyn Smith and George Schaub.

Thanks to our Sponsors:

  • World Wide Technology
  • Coldwell Banker – John Spellman
  • Chesterfield Dental Associates
  • Herbs and More
  • Metro Chiropractic Centre
  • Missouri Mercantile

Thank You! Links to Race Winners & Photos

Run for the Island RunnersThanks to everyone who participated in today’s Race and those who generously donated.

Congrats to our Winners!  Full result can be fount on Fleet Feet’s site here.

Here’s a link to the photos that I took today as well as a few from my brother Pat–thanks, Pat.

Laura and Wilto very much appreciate the great turnout.  A special “thanks” to all of the support from World Wide Technology and all of our fantastic volunteers: Steve & Rose Schroeder, Donna & Gene Hale, Stephanie Biederman, Jessica Olwig, John Spellman, Tiffany Najbart, Janet & Mark Denny, Ashley & Jerri Ann Jeralds, Danny Olwig & Barry Jeralds, Mike Jennings.

Join us for the “Run for the Island” – Timed 5K Run; 1 mile Fun Run/Walk & Raffle to benefit Haiti

run for the island 2013 logoThis year’s race is set for October 20th at 8:30am!  Beautiful Creve Coeur Park will be the venue for this year’s timed 5K run; 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and Raffle.  Registration is $25 on line and will remain open until Friday the 18th.  Late registration will be available on site, day of race for $25.  Cash and checks accepted. Sorry, credit card payment not available.  T-shirts can not be guaranteed after Oct. 6th registrations.  We’ll have awards for top male/female in the 5K race plus awards for the top runners in each age divisions.  Packet pick up will be at the Chesterfield Fleet Feet store on Saturday, Oct. 19th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Pick up will also be available the morning of the race.

Raising Money for a New Church & Clean Drinking Water

The proceeds from this year’s event will help Laura and Wilto with two very important needs on the Island of LaGonave: one spiritual and one physical.

First, the donations this year will help build a Church to hep serve the spiritual needs which is the core mission of Laura and Wilto’s ministry .  God’s Ministry in La Gonave is a 501c3 non- denominational Christian organization that has answered the call to serve our brothers and sisters in Belle-Vie on the island of La Gonave, Haiti.  View of the School / Church

Here’s a photo of the existing church.  You can see that it’s not very sturdy and doesn’t hold up to  winds, rain and even hurricanes!

And to meet the physical needs of the community, we’re raising money to dig and construct a cistern for drinking water–something that most of us take for granted every day.   Continue reading

Why Clean Water?

Found these interesting points on thewaterproject . com site:
  • “When students are freed from gathering water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years
  • Safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and people can get back to the work of lifting themselves out of poverty
  • Access to water leads to food security. With less crop loss, hunger is reduced. Schools can feed students with gardens, reducing costs.
  • Access to water can break the cycle of poverty.”

I now realize the foresight and wisdom Wilto had in ensuring clean latrines were built first!  Now we just need a good source of clean water and we’re asking for your help!