By Katie Kusik
On Sunday, April 14, the SHARE Club (SHannon’s After-school Reading Exchange) hosted a 5K as a fundraiser to help send girls in Africa to secondary school.
There were about 60 people who participated in the event and the club raised just over $1,000 from registration and donations. President of the SHARE club chapter, John Bayeux is pleased with the success of the event.
“We received 21 registrations from people outside of the DeSales University Community,” said Bayeux. “The majority of them we did not know. Overall, our goal was to have between 40 and 50 registrants, 15-20 of them being people we do not know. Needless to say, we were very happy with the turnout, surpassing each of our initial goals.”
The money that was raised will go directly to the SHARE organization and it will be used to send a couple of girls to school. This is the biggest fundraiser the SHARE Club has hosted so far and the club is extremely pleased with how it all worked out.
“The 5K was a huge success for our first year,” said sophomore and treasurer of the SHARE club Casey Schermick. “We were able to get many generous sponsors and donors to help us pull off the event. John did a great job in organizing the entire thing and making sure that all the pieces fell into place. It is a great feeling knowing that our hard work is going to make an incredible difference in these girls lives.”
The idea of hosting a 5K had been an idea of the most of the officers since the club’s beginning, early last semester. The club is made up of mostly track runners and a 5K seemed like the best way to raise money for this cause.
Pulling off the 5K was huge accomplishment for the SHARE club as a whole seeing that most of the members and officers have never put together an event this large.
“When we began planning, we were not always 100 percent sure of some things,” said Bayeux. “The club came together as one cohesive unit to make the event the best it could possibly be, and I want to thank each of my club members, especially my officers, for helping make this day so successful.”
Every officer of the club had a very specific role in the planning of the event, which in part made the event run smoothly.
“Every member of the club played an integral role in planning, organizing, and running the event, and I thank them for everything they did,” said Bayeux. “Specifically, my officers were all a large help.”
There were a number of students that showed up to participate in the race. The event began at 9 a.m. on Sunday and despite its early time, the students wanted to come out and support the cause.
“The share 5k was an awesome event,” said sophomore Kristen Snyder. “We all had a lot of fun and it was great to see so many people come together for a good cause. It’s amazing how much of a difference a race like this can make, and I’m excited to do it again next year!”
The club was encouraged by the success of the event and is happy that they were able to be part of something that is so influential in the international community.
“We all had a blast planning for the 5K,” said Bayeux. “I thank every member of the DeSales University community who participated for making this event such a great time. We cannot wait to begin planning for the second annual SHARE 5K in 2014.”