It’s time to get your hula skirts, family, and friends together as Children’s Hope presents its 3rd annual Luau Color 5K Run/Walk on May 6, 2017. Registration will begin at 8:00 am or you can pre-register at www.childrenshopeffa.org. The event is hosted in downtown Gridley beginning at Daddow Park as runners and walkers make their way through the inner streets of Gridley. Children’s Hope is a non-profit organization. The Color Run fundraiser helps promote programs for foster (resource) children and youth. These programs such as educational tutoring ensure that foster children and youth are given all the wonderful tools and resources to help them develop mentally, physically and socially. 

The Color 5K Run/Walk has been a very positive community event as families and friends gather to walk together. The event is ideal for all age groups. Last year we had babies being pushed in wheelchairs or in their strollers as mommies and daddies walked.   You don’t need to a runner to participate because you do the Color 5K at your own pace and it’s NOT a timed event. The colored powder is 100% safe. it is cornstarch with dye. You get to dress it up and get the best pictures and selfies! The GREATEST reason of all is you are running/walking to give back to foster (resource) children and youth in your own community because Children’s Hope works with children and youth in all surrounding counties! 

In the United States there is approximately over 428,000 children in the foster care system and California has about 60,000 of those children and 30,000 more children going into foster care every year. Children’s Hope has over 350 children they work with on a daily basis. Foster children tend to stay in foster care for about 2 years due to facilitate family reunification, adoption, or because they have aged out. Children and youth come from many different walks of life, different experiences and trauma.

 As participants of the Color run/walk color is thrown on each of the participants, so by the time they have finished they look like rainbow! It’s a fun filled event! The sign up package includes a “goodie bag” that holds a t-shirt, sunglasses, loofa, soap, wristband, and many other goodies.  This year the Color 5K will feature a Zumba warm up, Dj, raffle prizes, hot dog concession stand, Rosie’s sno biz, and a list of many other vendors. 

Current sponsors are Orchard Hospital, Caldwell Enterprises, Inc., Blood Source, Farmers Insurance (Ravi Aujla), M.D. Manuel, and Wells Fargo. Interested in becoming a sponsor and learning about the various sponsorship packages please call Spencer Brown at (530) 846-4955! ALOHA! 

Get your color on for foster children and youth!