Honors college seniors plan 5k to benefit organization in Ghana

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Registration is currently open for a 5k run on the Allendale Campus that will help benefit Challenging Heights, an organization in Ghana that works to rescue child slaves and reduce human trafficking. 

The Children’s Rescue Race will take place Saturday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m. The race will begin and end near the clock tower.

Lindsey Crawford and Stephany Zahl, students in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, are organizing the race as their senior project. Zahl traveled to Ghana over the summer and spent seven weeks working with Challenging Heights in Winneba. The organization focuses specifically on the child labor trade that exists in the region surrounding Lake Volta. Challenging Heights provides rescued child slaves with housing, education and rehabilitation. The organization is run by James Kofi Annan, who was a victim of the child slavery trade when he was young.

The race is in partnership with the Challenging Heights: Grand Valley student organization, or CHGV. All funds from the race will go directly to the physical rescues of trafficked children. 

Registration is open on the race website at http://gvsu.edu/s/IC. Registration costs $20. A race shirt is included in registration; children 12 and under run for free. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners. Other prizes will be raffled off.

For more information, visit http://gvsu.edu/s/IC.