5K in Lynchburg to help support women with unplanned pregnancies

By W. Bennett Brown – Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6 p.m.

The Donut Dash is a free 5K race taking place in Lynchburg, Virginia at 9:30 a.m. April 16 and is sponsored by local non-profits: The Fish & Bread Project and One Community Church.

The race is open to the public and will take place at Percival’s Island. There will be free donuts for participants, as well as grand prizes for those who help raise money for Axiom Sports United, The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center and the Hill City Crash basketball team of Lynchburg.

The Fish & Bread Project’s goal is to raise $20,000. The current amount raised is 11 percent of their total goal.

“We are able to learn about all the different ministries (Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center and Axiom) through The Fish & Bread Project and are able to donate money and help out through fundraisers and any way we could,” Grant Atchison, Junior at Liberty University said.

The Fish & Bread Project is well-known by students living on “The Hill”, which are dorms at Liberty University. Matt Short, a Resident Director on The Hill, started the program in 2012 as a way to help students develop giving hearts and to be active in helping those in need.

“We have students that were involved with Fish & Bread, became youth pastors, and implemented the dollar-a-week giving with their students — they sponsor children in other countries, missionaries overseas and so on,” Short told the Liberty Champion.

The women at The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center are helped by the donations raised by the Donut Dash. The funds that students and others raise provide financial help for their pregnancies, as well as guidance and spiritual growth.

“We first became involved with The Fish & Bread Project when me and Grant moved up in leadership, our Resident Director Matt Short, he created the ministry, and that’s something he does on all his halls. Ever since we got involved we loved it. We got passionate about the ministries it supports,” Andrew Pivetz, Junior at Liberty University said.

Anyone can be involved with the race and with raising money for The Fish & Bread Project.

According to the FundEasy for the Donut Dash, those participating in the race, or fundraising, can win prizes.

Participation Prizes:

Those who finish in the top 25 of their gender are entered to win a $150 gift card to Riverside Runners.

Sponsorship Prizes:

  • All registered participants are put in a raffle for an Eno Hammock.
  • Everyone who raises $25 will be entered to win a variety of $25 gift cards.
  • Everyone who raises $100 will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
  • Everyone who raises $500 will be entered to win a $150 gift card to Riverside Runners.
  • Everyone who raises $1000 will receive a $150 Amazon gift card.
  • Everyone who raises $2000 will receive a $300 Amazon gift card.

Anyone interested in being a participant in the 5K Donut Dash can sign up here, before April 16, 2016. Directions to the event can be found here.

(Above) An interview with Liberty student leaders Pivetz and Atchison.

*The article above was written by a student journalist at Liberty University for a class project.

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