The St. Vincent Catholic Charities Welcoming the Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run is the kickoff event for Lansing's World Refugee Awareness Week! The week will be celebrated June17th-June23rd.
A refugee is a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country"
-United Nations Convention relating to the Rights of Refugees of 1951
The objective of this event is to raise awareness and collect household goods to support the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services program. This program provides safe and furnished housing to newly arriving refugees. In 2015, STVCC resettled 625 refugees in the greater Lansing area. Our agency relies heavily on donations to guarantee each family has everything they need to start their new life in Lansing.
St. Vincent Catholic Charities will be collecting new and gently used household items at the Welcoming the Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run. The items listed are those needed by STVCC most often: dishes, pots/pans, sheets, blankets, towels, pillows.
Any and all are welcome to participate, come out and support refugees in our community!
The Welcoming the Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run is hosted by: St. Vincent Catholic Charities
And Sponsored by: Meijer
Hawk Island Park – 1601 E. Cavanaugh St., Lansing, MI 48910
$3.00 parking fee to park at Hawk Island
Packet Pickup/ Registration: 7:30 am
Race Time: 9:00 am
Entry Fees and Giveaway:
FREE – Race registrants will receive a water bottle! (Water bottle guaranteed to pre-registered entrants only.)
An award will be given to the overall winner and the top two runners in each age group.