The race, which is open to runners and walkers of all abilities, will be held Dec. 11 at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda. Proceeds will support the Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s Children’s Needs Program, which helps meet the health, educational and social needs of children in foster care or temporary custody. The program pays for “extras” like birthday parties, tutoring, summer camp programs, new clothing, movie tickets, and registration fees for clubs and sports.
“We’ve always had a strong sense of community in Southwest Florida, and everyone’s collective response to Hurricane Ian proved our strength to the entire nation,” said Jessica Stanfield, executive director of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation. “We’re so appreciative of Burnt Store Marina residents and staff for hosting this event, which will allow our volunteer child advocates to provide children with access to resources so they can feel like ‘normal’ kids.”
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation supports court-appointed volunteer child advocates who represent Southwest Florida youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare systems. Advocates represent children in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.
The 5K Run/Walk for Kids in SWFL will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Burnt Store Marina Fitness, Racquet & Pool Club at 3085 Matecumbe Key Road in Punta Gorda. The registration fee is $30 per runner or walker; children 12 and under can run or walk for free. Following the 5K Run/Walk, participants can enjoy a light lunch, music and an awards ceremony.
To register for the 5K Run/Walk, please visit VoicesForKids.org/5K-run.
About Guardian ad Litem Foundation
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, was established in 1984 and is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Guardian ad Litem programs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation, a United Way Partner Agency, has a mission of ensuring that every abused, neglected or abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system. The Foundation raises funds that help meet a child’s health, educational and social needs, as well as provides support for highly trained volunteer advocates who represent the best interests of a child until a safe, permanent placement is established. For additional information, visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.