Foxcroft School's Junior Class is sponsoring an all-school, 5K "color run" Sunday, Apr. 3 to benefit Heifer International and encourages residents of Loudoun County to make a difference in the world by supporting the event. Donations, payable to Heifer International, may be sent to the School.
For years, Foxcroft has held an annual walkathon organized by the Junior Class. Over the years, the â€œwalkthonâ€ has changed, instead of a trek to the village of Middleburg, it's now a run held entirely on campus and highlighted by students being covered with colored powders. The purpose and spirit of the "walkathon," however, remains the same: Students in the Junior Class choose a worthy beneficiary and then organize the event and the associated fundraising, soliciting sponsorships from local businesses, family and friends.
The Class of 2017 chose Heifer International, a global organization that works around the world to prevent, and one day terminate, world hunger and poverty by donating animals such as cows, chickens, sheep and goats to families in need. These animals create sustainable agriculture for their caretakers and their families. Heifer International encourages all members of families owning an animal to participate, and empowers women through actively encouraging them to share equal responsibilities of the animal care with other family members.
Foxcroft's juniors have a special understanding of this cause after spending a weekend at Heifer's Global Village in Sharpsburg, MD. There, the students were divided into groups with wildly different resources at their disposal, much like various countries on earth find themselves. Some students slept on the floor and had little food, while others had real beds and all the food they could want.
"Even though we spent only one night at the Global Village," says Junior Class President Grace Kendal, "we saw why organizations like heifer International are so crucial in aiding communities around the world."
Donations are greatly appreciated. Make checks payable to Heifer International and mail to: Junior Class Walkathon 2016, Foxcroft School, PO Box 5555, Middleburg, VA 20118.