Maybe it's because I'm "looking" for things, or maybe its because the three things I'm about to mention are raising funds and awareness for three causes I've been partial about in the past.
It seems like local organizations are stepping up and raising awareness for bullying, human trafficking and domestic violence. Here's a few ways you can get involved:
Superhero 5K in Wyandotte
In Wyandotte, the tribe is in it's fifth year of conducting a Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative funded through Indian Health Service.
According to Kelly Walker, director of health services for Wyandotte Nation, the program is designed to address the dual crises of methamphetamine abuse and suicide in Indian Country.
On Saturday, April 19, the tribe will host a Superhero 5K with an anti-bullying theme. The goal is to raise awareness in the community that bullying can, and often does, lead to suicidal thoughts, inclinations and actions. Walker said the theme for the event comes from a Superhero's daily life.
"The average Superhero fights crime and bad guys," she said. "We want to stop bullying and have encouraged community cooperation by making it a fun theme for the whole family to relate to."
Folks will even have a costume contest and villains to chase during the one mile fun walk. There's also a timed 5K event. Registration will continue until 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 14. The event is free. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag of dog or cat food, or make a donation toward the walk's charitable sponsor, the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake.
For more information, or to sign up visit: http://bit.ly/superhero5KOK. Who knows, you might see me there, dressed up in a costume (details to come - but Lorri at Dar-Lyn Embroidery and I are working on the project literally as I type this up!)
Human Trafficking in Nepal
Another 5K, designed to help girls emerging from human trafficking, will take place at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, in Grove.
Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7 a.m., with the 5K starting at 8:15 a.m. at the INTEGRIS Grove Hospital parking lot, off of 13th Street. The one-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m.
Sponsored by the young adults at Grove Christian Center, the event is designed to raise fund for the Gan-Nepal organization. It is in need of a facility to help the more than 12,000 to 15,000 Nepali girls trafficked into India each year.
Ann Davis, one of the organizers, said 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go to Gen-Nepal, a registered non-government organization) to buy land and build a facility that will house and educate those who have been saved from human trafficking.
It's the first 5K of it's kind. Davis hopes they will offer it again on an annual basis. Pre-Registration ends on April 25. Early registration is $20 per person for the 5K and $10 per person for the one mile fun run. After April 25, the fees increase to $25 and $15, respectively. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 registrants.
For more information, persons interested may visit www.facebook.com/stopthetrafficgrove or follow the group on twitter at stopthetraffic@stopslavery2014 or visit grovechristiancenter.org then by clicking “Stop The Traffic” tab.
Shooting for a cause
One last event takes place rain or shine on Saturday, April 13, at the Fort Crowder Wildlife Conservation Area in Neosho, Mo.
The Lafayette House, the domestic violence shelter, with locations in both Joplin and Neosho, will host a 3-D Archery Shoot, in conjunction with the New Justice Network and the Cherokee Bowhunters Club.
The books open at 9 a.m., and the cost is $12 per person, plus a novelty shoot, 50/50 drawing and more. Amy Lane, my friend who works for the Lafayette House said the event will take place rain or shine.
For more information, persons interested may visit www.newjusticenetwork.org or www.lafayettehouse.org.
Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the April 11, 2014 issue of The Grove Sun.