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Run Around Zoo Miami to Help a New Children's School in Haiti

Where: 12400 Southwest 152nd Street [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33177
October 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

There are lots of ways to spend a Saturday in Miami, not all of them good for you. On the wholesome end of the scale, there are things like a trip to the zoo or working up a sweat with a nice, long walk or run. Even better: here's a way to knock both of those tasks off your to-do list and earn major feel-good vibes to boot.

This Saturday, the Miami chapter of charitable organization Hand in Hand for Haiti holds its annual 5K Walk/Run at Zoo Miami. If you live in the area or are in town for a visit, it's the best way to start off your weekend. (No one gets out of bed before noon on South Beach anyway.)

It all begins at 8 am and, if you register in advance, you score admission to Zoo Miami immediately after the Walk/Run. The fee is $25, but if you wait until the day of the event it jumps to $30.

Here's the low down on how your pounding the pavement translates into help for the kids of Haiti: As we all know, plenty of people rallied to donate in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti. More than two years on, though, attention has waned even though many are still in need. Hand in Hand for Haiti's cause—the beneficiary of your participating in this event—is all about the future.

With support drawn largely from the travel industry (more on that later this week), Hand in Hand for Haiti raised funds to build a world-class school in the area of Saint-Marc. The school, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable opened on October 3, 2011, and for the 2012/13 calendar year ahead, the population will grow to over 200 students.

These kids from local families, where almost no one has received an education, receive two meals a day and lessons in English, French and Creole. Hand in Hand for Haiti continues to add facilities to the school and has plans to work with local farmers, helping them with fresh water supply for their crops.

We could go on and on about how truly awesome this project is but the most important thing you need to know is that you can help simply by getting up on Saturday morning, lacing up your sneakers and heading to the zoo.

Sign up and get your complimentary admission to Zoo Miami here. No excuses for you folks in the rest of the country, either; even if you're not in town to hit the pavement, you can register as a satellite participant and know that you're giving the best thing you can possibly give: hope.

[Photos courtesy Hand in Hand for Haiti]

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