S.A.V.E. night-time 5K will be held July 28

Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Sustaining a Village Everyday will be presenting the second annual S.A.V.E. the Night 5K Fun Run.  

The event will take place on Saturday July 28th at Gateway Island in Murfreesboro.  Registration begins at 7 p.m. and the race beings at 8 p.m. It will timed electronically by Rabbit Road Racing and awards will take place after the race.  

Come dressed up for the superhero costume contest that includes prizes. In addition, there will be a DJ, donuts, t-shirts, and door prizes.  To register, participants may use the online link via www.facebook.com/teenSAVE.  

Pre-registration for the race is $27.50 and registration the day of is $35.  Pre-registration for kids under nine years old is $17.50,  All proceeds will go Boukeron, Haiti, as the race will be organized by the non-profit Sustaining a Village Everyday. S.A.V.E. is a teen-led charity started in 2011 to combat malnutrition in impoverished areas.  To date, S.A.V.E. has raised more than $30,000 and travelled to Boukeron in May to see the church, well, latrines, Bibles, and goats provided with the money.

Sustaining a Village Everyday began in January 2012 when Tayllor Cochrane was inspired by an episode of ABC’s 20/20. The episode highlighted problems of impoverished nations, including malnutrition. They estimated it would require $25,000 to feed a village for a year.  

Tayllor’s mother challenged her to take action on what she had seen.  A few weeks later, a team of six teens had come together with the goal of raising $25,000 to fight malnutrition.  The team decided to not simply feed the village but to give them the resources to feed themselves.  

Soon, S.A.V.E. connected with the missionary Fred Wall, who has been living in Haiti for more than 30 years. He directed them to a malnourished village called Boukeron containing about 2,000 people. In Boukeron, people do not have access to clean water and often go days without food.

In 2011, S.A.V.E. exceeded its goal and raised over $27,000 through a letter campaign, business sponsorships, a car wash, 5K, arts and crafts show, and worship night. These funds provided a church/school, latrines, a well, Bibles, and goats for Boukeron.  

In May of 2012, six of the nine current leaders travelled to the village. While there, the team painted the church, met the people, and assessed what other needs the people had. In its second year, S.A.V.E. is striving to again raise $25,000 to further assist the village of Boukeron. This year, the group expects to concentrate the funds toward education, sanitation, and possibly microeconomic loans.