ROCKINGHAM – The holiday season has a magical way of bringing people together as they join in all sorts of fun activities. One such activity will be taking place at Hinson Lake on Saturday, December 9, which invites people of all ages to join in on the fun.
Richmond County Partnership for Children will host its second Christmas Run, which includes a 5K Rudolph Run/Walk for anyone ages 15 and up. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the event, with an entry fee of 25.00.
There will also be a 1K Santa Shuffle for the younger participants ages birth to 14 years old, in which registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an entry fee of 15.00. A t-shirt is included with each registration fee.
“We are always brainstorming for ways to raise money to be able to help the children, and the Christmas Run was one fun way,” stated development specialist Monica Hancock.
Partnership for Children is a non-profit agency in Richmond County which provides resources for programs and services that are designed to ensure all Richmond County children are healthy and ready to begin kindergarten. The services are provided to benefit children ages birth to five years old with a higher quality of life, as well as benefitting their families.
The partnership currently distributes funds each year to local agencies in Richmond County. Some of the programs that benefit from Partnership for Children are: the Richmond County Health Department, the Richmond County Department of Social Services, Child Care Professional Development which offers supplement payments to child care providers based on their level of education, Child Care Resource and Referral, which offers help locating a child care facility which is suitable for the family.
North Carolina Pre-K, which provides financial assistance for the purchase of care for eligible children in the state, is also a beneficiary. Reach Out and Read, which partners with medical practices to provide pre-literacy opportunities for children, as well as their parents, also benefits from RCPC.
This is one event fundraiser which involves including the community where everyone can have fun together while benefitting others. There were 30 runners at last year’s event, and 10 volunteers. Hancock noted that RCPC is hoping to exceed that number this year.
Hancock said the Partnership for Children invites all to come out Saturday and join in on the fun.
For more information on Partnership for Children visit their website Richmondsmartstart.org or call 910-997-3773.