On Saturday Oct. 13, approximately 200 people attended the “Run for a Refugee” 5k at the Rexburg Nature Park.
“There are a lot of refugees in Idaho so we’re running to raise money to help them get what they need,” said Ammon Bingham, a sophomore studying construction management. “It’s cold out but it’s fun. It feels good to help.”
The event coordinator A.J. Frazier, a junior studying business, was surprised by the turn out. “We actually ran out of T-shirts to hand out. There are over 130 runners with 60 volunteers,” Frazier said.
After serving his mission around many refugees in England, Frazier wanted to find a new way to continue serving them. He joined a club on campus called “Project R,” and spent four months planning the event.
“I just thought it would be a good thing to do to show our support for local refugees here in Eastern Idaho,” Frazier said. “It’s just a small and practical way that local citizens can contribute and show their love and support.”
All profits from the fundraiser will be donated to the CSI Refugee Center in Twin Falls, Idaho.