Thursday, May 19, 2011

Join The Phat Pastor Army

For the third big year, yours truly, the Phat Pastor, rides again, or should I say "walks" again in our annual Hands for Haiti Half-Marathon/5k. Over the past three years, more than $25,000 supporting Community UMC's humanitarian efforts in Haiti. Your support has provided day-clinics in rural communities, meals and tuition for school children, medications for those in need, small micro-economic loans, and much much more.

This year, the Phat Pastor has decided to designate all the funds he raises in this year's 5k to the school lunch program at Victory Christian School in the village of Borde'. In our fifteen year relationship with Victory Christian, hundreds of kids have been educated in the basics of reading, writing, and math. All of the students use these skills every day of their lives, and many of them go on to a secondary education where they can pursue a degree or trade.

It's hard to study on an empty stomach, so the school lunch program feeds the 150 pre-school and elementary school students a minimum of twice a week (sometimes three if a good deal can be had on rice, beans, and chicken). Every day lunch is served it costs about $57 (including the cost of the cook's wages). With over $800 raised as of 4pm Thursday, May 19th, the Phat Pastor will accept your financial support as he walks so others can eat until start time (8am) of the race on Saturday, May 21st. Feel free to make a donation directly to Community UMU using their Paypal page, the link of which is at the top of this page. Or, if you hate using the internet for such things, send a check or cash to...

Community UMC
Run Phat Pastor Run
2600 Zurmehly Rd.
Lima OH 45806

and simply leave me a message on my Facebook wall that a donation is coming, or email me at

so I can count your incoming donation toward the total raised.

Thanks again for your support.