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posted: Thu, Sep 24th, 2015

Running for charity: Blood:Water 5k raises $1600

Mount Olive High School senior, Amy Renee, and the rest of the Mount Olive Blood:Water 5k team learned that hard work really does pay off! Amy, with the help of friends, family, and other supporters, organized a superhero themed 5k fun run/walk to benefit the Blood:Water charity.The event, which took place on Sunday, September 20th, attracted nearly 100 runners, walkers, and volunteers.

In addition to senior Amy Renee, the 5k team was comprised of: Sam DeSalvio, John Walters, Gianna Mangone, Elisabeth Perez-Vega, Ash Brace, Valerie Pierre, Kevin Defeo, Max McVicar, Stephanie Ricker, and Paul Turrisi-Chung.

Amy said she came up with the idea for the 5k when she was visiting the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs last year. The Colorado Springs area has a big running community, and all of the different races for charity gave Amy the idea for the event.

She said, "Everywhere I looked there was flyers for different races benefiting a very diverse range of charity organizations. I thought it was really beautiful how the community united for so many causes and I wanted to bring that back to Mount Olive."

Amy chose the Blood:Water charity because its main goal is to provide clean water to villages in Africa. She said, "The Blood:Water Mission is so unique because instead of just giving money to impoverished nations, this charity partners with local communities and is focused on long-term change, not just short-term fixes."

Amy continued by saying, "This charity really jumped out to me because as an American, I don't think we realize the scope of other nations' needs especially in terms of things we take for granted here like clean blood and clean water. The scope of the water crisis is so catastrophic, yet in America we often forget about it."

The day of the event, people were organized into two groups: runners and walkers. With the help of volunteers and the Mount Olive Township Police Department, the 5k took place along Wolfe Road, from Turkey Brooke Park down to MOHS and back to the park for the big finish. Competitors wore their best superhero attire.

Danny Tigreros finished first of the runners at 18:39. Prizes were awarded for best times and for best costumes.

MOHS senior, Sam DeSalvio also helped organize the event. "I managed the overall finances along with helping with whatever odds and ends needed to be done before race day," she said. "We had more people participate than I expected. We raised over $1600. That was amazing and more than we hoped for!"

Sam said that 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the Blood:Water charity.

For more information on the Blood:Water charity and to learn how to donate to this organization, please website Amy's website at: www.RunMO.weebly.com.

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