Cici's Pizza Barefoot Run to Benefit Shoes for Orphan Souls

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The Cici's Pizza Barefoot Run, Oct. 8, 2011, will provide new shoes for children in Africa through Shoes for Orphan Souls, a ministry of Buckner International.

Cici's Pizza Barefoot Run
“Barefoot running has become a popular trend, but it’s something the kids we serve around the world face every day. They run barefoot because they have to, not by choice."

The Cici’s Pizza Barefoot Run, benefiting Shoes for Orphan Souls, will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 8 at Andy Brown Park East in Coppell, Texas. The 5K and 1-mile fun run is open to children and adults, and shoes are considered “optional,” said Rachel Garton, director of Shoes for Orphan Souls.

“Barefoot running has become a popular trend, but it’s something the kids we serve around the world face every day,” she said. “They run barefoot because they have to, not by choice. We hope that by hosting a barefoot run we can help raise awareness of the need for shoes and have fun, as well.”

Prizes and medals will be awarded to the winners who run the race barefoot or with shoes. Special games and activities, like the Shoe-put Toss, will also be offered for children or adults who want to participate. All proceeds from the race will benefit children in Africa who need shoes.

To sign up for the race, visit http://www.shoesfororphansouls.org/barefootrun.

Since 1999, Shoes for Orphan Souls has collected and distributed more than 2.2 million pairs of new shoes to needy children in North Texas and 72 countries worldwide. Shoes for Orphan Souls is the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International, a Dallas-based global Christian ministry dedicated to making life better for orphans, vulnerable children and families since 1879. To learn more, visit http://www.buckner.org.

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