South Hall Rotary raised over $9,000 from its recent Awesome 80’s 5K run to support local charities during the 2020-2021 calendar year efforts. The race – held on August 15th, 2020 in downtown Flowery Branch – featured over 100 runners and numerous local sponsors- even with the changes in procedures taken to compensate for COVID-19 concerns.
Several new protocols were implemented to encourage social-distancing and health guidelines while on the course but the spirit of the 80’s was still present.
“We were highly concerned that we were not going to pull of this year’s event” stated Club President Amanda Groover. “However, those who showed up just kept telling us how thankful they were to be able to run an actual race. We definitely exceed our expectations with all the health concerns.”
Proceeds from this year’s race have been earmarked to benefit The University of North Georgia Food Pantry and the Annual effort to support underprivileged kids through hosting Christmas parties
Race Chair Sean Childers stated that this year’s event was surprisingly successful due to the number of challenges we faced keeping it on the calendar. “Without this fundraiser, our club doesn’t get to make as large of an impact on our local community”, stated Childers. “We worked very hard to make arrangements to keep everyone safe.”
In order to provide more safety precautions, runners started the race 6 feet apart. Volunteers wore masks and had hand sanitizers. All water was provided in bottles instead of cups and no award ceremony or additional food drive as conducted to prevent people from huddling close together. Results were provided on the race website and medals were mailed to the participants.
Part of the funds from the race will be used to match the recent award of the Rotary District 6910 grant the club received to help fight food insecurity. Our club was honored to receive the grant funding and is excited to provide additional funding for the amazing work of the University of North Georgia’s food pantry program.
The 7th Annual 5K is was held in downtown Flowery Branch and featured support from the City of Flowery Branch Police Department, local Boy scouts, and South Hall Rotary Members. The club works hard to make this event successful each year by partnering with other groups who align with Rotary’s Service Above Self Motto.
The Rotary Club of South Hall meets weekly for lunch at the Train Depot in Flowery Branch. For more information about this organization or to find out more about the club please visit the events page to see our upcoming meetings.