5k run/walk at University Park campus to benefit Haitian orphanage

On Feb. 6, runners and walkers can take part in a 5-kilometer event to benefit a Haitian orphanage destroyed by last month's massive earthquake. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Intramural Building on Penn State's University Park campus. The registration form is available at http://tinyurl.com/run4Haiti online, at the HUB-Robeson Center through Feb. 5, and on the day of the race from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The race begins at 11 a.m.

Rachid Haoues, event director, graduated from Penn State in December with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in French and kinesiology.

“I decided to do this because the earthquake in Haiti made me look at life on another level,” said Haoues. “Seeing all those people suffering at no fault of their own motivated me to take a hands-on approach and help."

Proceeds will go to the Brebis de Saint Michel de L'Attalaye (BRESMA) Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed by the recent earthquake.

“I wanted to support the BRESMA orphanage because I saw their story on CNN and was touched by the efforts of Jamie and Ali, the two Pittsburgh sisters who run the orphanage," Haoues said. "After doing some research I was able to see how important it was to have supportive orphanages in a country that is estimated to have more than 300,000 orphans."

Haoues is assisted by event co-directors Bobby Longenecker, president of the Penn State Marathon Club, and Pete Rutt, president of the Penn State Crew Club. The Nittany Valley Running Club also has provided direction and resources.

For more information, contact Haoues at rzh5021@psu.edu or 203-217-1800.

Last Updated February 04, 2010