Running to ‘free the children’

Aldergrove girl is organizing a 5km run at Abbotsford's Mill Lake on March 17 to raise funds for "Free The Children" in Kenya.

A 17 year old Aldergrove girl is organizing a 5km run at Abbotsford’s Mill Lake on March 17 to raise funds for “Free The Children” in Kenya.

Courtney James is also seeking sponsorship for her upcoming run, to raise awareness and money for alternative incomes and livelihoods in Kenya. The Run for the Kids will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mill Lake Centennial Park, Abbotsford.

“For a long part of my life I have always wanted to make a change in the world and I’ve done small things but after being involved in local organizations for years, I decided that I wanted to act globally to inspire others like I have been inspired,” says Courtney.

“The charity I chose to support is Free The Children. My heart has always gone out to those in need and I believe that this is the perfect opportunity to make people aware of these people that need our help. This is not a thing to be done alone, and the help of others is strongly encouraged.

“I am a senior student in high school and this is my last year to impact the school I’m in. It would be amazing to have the school involved but this event can only be possible with help.”

This will be the first but not the last year of this event.

Approximately 300 people are expected to participate and many families will participate as this event is family friendly. The Running Room will also be involved, along with representatives of Free The Children.

“Why should you sponsor my event? This is a local event raising money and awareness for those who are not as fortunate as us here. Many people from our community will be participating and to be a part of an event like this will make a change in someone’s life,” says Courtney.

For more information contact Courtney James at 604-857-0946.