LEEPER — Heart for Uganda is finalizing its plans for its sixth annual walkathon to be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. This year’s event will again be held in a private park in Leeper, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10 a.m. Those who pre-register by Sept. 5 will receive a free T-shirt, as well as a discounted fee of $20. For those who register after the deadline, the registration fee is $25.

David Kahle, owner of Kahle’s Kitchens, has again donated the venue for the walkathon. The wooded park, located directly behind Kahle’s Kitchen in Leeper promises a morning of relaxation and fun for those who enjoy the nature and beauty of our beautiful Pennsylvania woodlands. The wooded park features wide trails suitable for walking or running. Families with strollers or wagons or those who may have difficulty with rough terrain should find the trails easy to navigate. Friendly pets on a leash are a welcome addition to the event.

This year’s walk will be a special time for families, youth groups, and anyone interested in mission to relax and enjoy the beauty of Pennsylvania’s early fall foliage as they walk or run through this lovely park. Walkers will enjoy the picturesque pond and the covered bridge as they enjoy the colored leaves and woodland creatures that herald the changing seasons.

Walkers can enjoy games and activities for children, a Chinese auction, goodie bags, and refreshments. The walkathon is an excellent way to spend wholesome time in the beautiful fall weather with family and friends enjoying scenery and camaraderie, all while raising money for a wonderful cause.

Dave Kahle, a longtime friend and supporter of Heart For Uganda, will treat the winner to a ride in one of his antique cars. Weather permitting, at the conclusion of the walk, Dave will take the winner for a ride in their choice of a short ride his 1914 Model T, or for the more adventurous and agile winner, a longer ride in the rumble seat of a 1930 Model A. When asked if there were details of the ride that people should be aware of, he jokingly responded. “It is a 100 years old car. We may make it back or you may end up pushing it back.”

“We are excited about the grand prize we are able to offer this year to the person who brings in the most pledge donations. It’s not every day you get a chance to ride in a car that was sold over a century ago! It is a rare opportunity to experience a piece of history that has been lovingly preserved”, said Lori Sandrock, walk coordinator. “There will also be prizes for the youngest walker, the oldest walker, and the walker who traveled the longest distance to participate. Additionally, we will have many, many prizes in our Chinese Auction and Silent Auction that will appeal to our participants.”

Heart for Uganda is a local grassroots organization that was formed in 2008 when Alissa Cooper-Sande left her teaching position at Clarion-Limestone to travel to Kyenjojo, Uganda to start an orphanage. Kyenjojo is one of the most impoverished areas of the world and has long struggled with drought, famine, disease, and lack of educational opportunities. In the eight years that Sande has been in Uganda, she has overseen the construction of a medical clinic, a church, a clean water system, a school, an orphanage and a sponsorship program. Radio evangelism, elder care, and home visitations are also a large part of Sande’s mission. Sande’s goal is to give these impoverished people the tools needed to become self-sustaining through education and training with a strong Christian core. To get more details about the walkathon and how to support Heart for Uganda’s mission, go to www.heartforuganda.org. You may also contact Lori Sandrock at hfuoutreach@gmail.com or go to the Heart for Uganda website at www.heartforuganda.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab where you will find all you need to register.

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