Wellspring Academies, home of the Style Network television series Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, is hosting “Jog for Japan : A Race for Relief,” a fundraiser to assist the youngest victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami disasters. The fundraising event is set to take place on Saturday, April 23 at Wellspring Academies campuses in Reedley, CA and Brevard, NC, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
In addition to running in the “Jog for Japan” race, students from both Academies are involved in organizing the fund-raiser, pursuing sponsorships, community outreach, and coordinating the race event site. In the days leading up to the race, students will devote their culinary and nutrition classes—a key component of the curriculum at Wellspring Academies and Wellspring Camps—to preparing low-fat snacks to fuel racers and event volunteers.
Given Wellspring’s focus on teaching children, teens and young adults to get active and live a healthy lifestyle, creating a fundraiser to benefit children felt like a meaningful way for race organizers to take action in the face of the tragedy in Japan. In the words of Crystal Sain, Program Coach at Wellspring Academy of California and one of the event organizers, “I realized that while there was probably nothing I could do myself that would have an impact, I knew that by being a part of a large, motivated community like Wellspring, there was some real good we could do for the children in Japan.”
The US Fund for UNICEF (USF) is making the unusual decision to provide assistance to Japan — which is usually a donor to UNICEF rather than a recipient of funds—due to the unique needs of children in the wake of the unprecedented disaster in Japan. 100% of funds raised by Wellspring Academies through the “Jog for Japan ” fund-raiser will go directly to USF to support their efforts. Donors can sponsor a specific runner for every mile completed in the race, or choose to make a general donation. Runners are also being recruited for both the California and North Carolina races. Full information is available here.