Donations sought for Shelter Boxes
Saturday, Great Bend Regional Hospital is sponsoring Human (e)Motion, a group of outdoor running and bike events whose proceeds are to benefit the Family Crisis Center.
During this, the Great Bend Rotary Club will have a Shelter Box display set up next to the large tent at the hospital. Shelter Boxes are to provide relief for people after disastrous events that happen throughout the world.
Since its inception in 2000, Shelter Box has aided more than a million survivors in over 70 countries.
Donations are being accepted to purchase Shelter Boxes to provide relief for people in such situations.
Great Bend Regional Hospital wants to encourage people to get out and move, as well as help a local agency in need. To this end, the facility is sponsoring Human (e)Motion Saturday.
Human (e)Motion starts at 7 a.m. at the hospital. There will be five events for participants to take part in including: A 25- and 62-mile bicycle ride, which start at 7; a 5K or half-marathon run both starting at 7:30; and a two-mile walk, which also starts at 7:30.
The entry fee is $30 per person, and that includes a T-shirt, refreshment stops along the routes and lunch. Lunch will be available for $5 for those who don’t want to participate in the events. All proceeds go the Family Crisis Center.
“Healthy lifestyles are important,” said Pam Chambers with Great Bend Regional. “We are seeing how they impact our health care. It’s better for all of us.”
To help call attention to the effort, two Barton County athletes who are nationally known will take part. Great Bend native Cameron Chambers, two-time national mountain bike champion, and Claflin native Jackie Stiles, NCAA All-Amercian and former Woman’s National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year, will take participate in the running events.
Both Cameron Chambers and Stiles will speak at the lunch, which starts at 11 a.m.
Prizes will be given for the top three males and females in the running races, plus awards will go to winners in each age category, ranging from 19 and under to 50 and over.
Registration can be done on-line at www.gbregional.com. The form is under “about us” and “news and events.”
Although registration will be accepted Saturday morning, Pam Chambers wants to encourage people to sign up in advance.
“We’re excited by this,” she said. It will likely become an annual event.