Lending their names and feet to a good cause, more than 200 runners turned out for last weekend's Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise fourth annual 5K/2K Fun Run/Walk at Chamorro Village in Hagåtña.
Funds raised through the race, which included a pet walk around Paseo Stadium for the first time, were used to fund Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise community projects.
According to a news release from the Rotary Club, it anticipates a net income of a little more than $4,000 to go to its various projects.
Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise joins in the Christmas Drop, Sugar Plum Tree and dictionary distribution. The organization's big project is the Fallen Brave Scholarship, which is a $1,000 scholarship offered to one graduating high school senior who is pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution. This memorial scholarship has been created by the Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise to honor military service members from Micronesia who have died as a result of service in a Department of Defense-declared combat theater.
According to Tina Noket, a member of the Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise, the run falls in line with the club's vision of building a healthier community.
"Physical activity is a critical component, so the race allows us to provide an opportunity for our community to get some exercise while helping us to raise funds for our projects," she said. "The addition of the canine 2K is an added opportunity for our families with fur babies to participate as well."
According to Noket, the organization's next big fundraiser will be its annual Rose Day.
"This is an opportunity for our community to brighten someone’s day with a delivery of a rose or rose bouquet," she said. "Rose Day is a day for our Rotarians to publicly share the ideals of Rotary and promote the Rotary brand while raising money for our projects."
Noket also recognized the community volunteers, donors and business partners for making the run a success: China Airlines, Bank of Guam, Hertz Rent-A-Car, Wise Owl Veterinary Clinic, Law Office of Michael Flynn, Jr., Provido, Tan & Jones Architects, Pooch Parlor, Aduana International Freight Forwarding Services, Guam Pay-Less Supermarkets, McDonald's of Guam, California Pizza Kitchen, Beachin’ Shrimp, Guam Running Club, Rotaract Club of the Marianas, American Medical Center, Yeole Hanohano, Gabriel Noket, Sarah Meno, Nanbo Insurance, ADIO Chiropractic Center, Wendy’s Guam, PROA Guam, Hornet Sports and the Interact Club of Tiyan High School.
"Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise wishes to extend our sincerest appreciation to all who supported the event through their sponsorships, in-kind donations, volunteer time, the purchase of race bib and coming out to run the course," Noket said. "We look forward to growing the event every year and hope to see everyone next year!"