THE WALK MUST GO ON…
by Rob Taylor Jr.
Courier Staff Writer
The coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop a local organization from holding its annual “Hope For Haiti” 5K Walk, which benefits the people of the country known for its gorgeous mountains, beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine.
The Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti (FLM-Haiti) hosted its walk, virtually, on May 16. With a registration fee of $25 per person, those involved got their 5K walk (equivalent to about 6,000 steps) in via numerous ways—the living room, the basement, or outside in the neighborhood.
The pandemic wouldn’t allow for the normal situation—dozens of people gathering at one outdoor location, and then walking in unison.
BISHOP LEON D. PAMPHILE, the founder of FLM-Haiti.
“I congratulate and extend gratitude to all who decided to participate in this virtual walk in spite of the circumstances,” said Leon D. Pamphile, founder and executive director of FLM-Haiti. “Keep on doing good as a means of bringing hope to those who are less fortunate than us.”
GWENDOLYN RATLIF and RUSSELL BYNUM
Russell Bynum, FLM-Haiti board president, told the New Pittsburgh Courier between 50 and 60 people participated, and more than 100 people made financial donations. Due to the new normal of “virtual” events, there were participants not only from Pittsburgh, but also Florida, New York, Ohio and Maryland.
The proceeds from the walk support medical, education and technical training outreach for the people of Haiti. FLM-Haiti, a Christian nonprofit organization, has been in existence for more than 35 years.
The Line Dance King, Roland Ford, and Cornerstone TV Network also contributed to the event’s success, Bynum said.
“It was very encouraging to see all the support received from all over the country for Haiti during this pandemic,” Bynum added. “Haitians do not have the safety net afforded by the United States. It was wonderful, we are so grateful that God spoke to the hearts of our 5K Walkers and sponsor.”
FEATURED IMAGE: KATHY BYNUM, among those who still participated in FLM-Haiti’s “Hope For Haiti” 5K Walk, even during the coronavirus pandemic.