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Runners help the homeless
Sunbury 5K organizer Patrick Boyle (right) stands with Pastors Hermon Scott (middle) and Douglas Harn after presenting a $1,000 check to the Liberty County Homeless Coalition. - photo by Photo provided.

Roughly 80 walkers participated in the Good Friday Walk Run/Walk for Shelter Friday that raised funds in support of the Liberty County Homeless Coalition.

Among the donations was $1,000 raised at October’s Sunbury 5K, an annual event organized by Patrick Boyle.
The Sunbury 5K first started raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Diabetes Association. Recently, the Sunbury 5K has focused on local charities.

“Instead of mailing donation checks off to various groups, we wanted to focus our donations more locally here in Liberty County, and the work that this group is doing is definitely something the Sunbury 5K can get behind,” Boyle said.

Deacon Chad Chaffee, chairman of the Run/Walk for Shelter, said he was appreciative of the walkers who helped bring in $9,482 to date. He said he expects more funds to trickle in and thinks the total might hit $10,000.

Chaffee said once the funds are in, organizers will distribute the money to the local programs in April.
Some of the programs thar benefit from the Good Friday walk include the Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless, Manna House of Liberty County, and Gabriel’s House, Chaffee said.

Boyle said he is working on getting the seventh annual Sunbury 5K ready for Oct. 1.

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