On your mark, get set, go! Raise money for Pure Water, Pure Love by hosting a 5k/fun run! Get your entire church and community involved in this ministry by recruiting volunteers, sponsors, and runners!
Although orchestrating a run may seem like a lot of work, it can be an effective and fun way to raise money for PWPL. Don’t try to do it on your own. Get a group of church members together who are passionate for the cause and delegate assignments. With the body of Christ and the grace of God, your race will bring clean water to the nations.
Pray for the event. More than anything, you will need God’s strength and guidance in planning a race.
Plan your race.
Alert the local police force. If your route coincides with heavy traffic areas, contact the police to ask if the roads need to be blocked off the day of the race and if it would be willing to help with the traffic.
Promote your event. Make sure you do this well in advance. The more you promote your event, the more donations you will be able to receive.
Design and order T-shirts. See if anyone in your church owns a T-shirt company. If not, online companies tend to be the cheapest. Make the entry fee at least double the cost of the T-shirts so that the cost of leftover T-shirts is covered. Sell any extra T-shirts at the event.
Ask local businesses to sponsor the event. The more sponsors you have to cover the actual cost of the event, the more money will go to PWPL. After the event, make sure you thank your sponsors.
Obtain prizes and giveaways. Many track shops will donate racing bibs, bags, cups, and other gear for races. Have local businesses donate items or money to give out before and after the race. Also ask church members to donate items like desserts or manual labor. Draw names during the award ceremony.
Have food at the finish line. To keep the runners healthy, make sure you have fruit, muffins, drinks, and other food items available to them when they finish the race.
Organize timing for the event. Have several volunteers in charge of timing. Split them into two groups: one in charge of the finish time and the other in charge of bib number.
Remember your purpose. Don’t get frustrated when the little details don’t go as planned. The purpose of your event is not just to race but also to bring glory to God and clean water to missionaries and the impoverished people they are serving.
Inspiration from Chris Sloan, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Warrior, Alabama
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