The Union Recorder

March 28, 2013

Habitat joins forces for 5K benefit


Special to The U-R

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

Milledgeville-Baldwin County Habitat for Humanity (MBCHFH) is partnering with the Color Bash company to host a 5k race April 27 at the Oconee River Greenway. 

Murali Thirumal, executive director of the MBCHFH, hopes the event will increase awareness for the organization in a fun and entertaining way, and encourage a sense of unity within the community. 

“While providing affordable housing is important to the needy families, so is fellowship,” Thirumal said. “This event will gather together all of Milledgeville for an event that highlights the housing need in a way that may seem indirect, yet will be seen under the banner of Habitat for Humanity.” 

This family-friendly event will feature music and a live broadcast from Z97, food from Georgia Bob’s BBQ and vendor booths from various local businesses. 

The registration cost for the race is $40 for an individual and $30 per person when registering with a group of four or more. Children under 5 may register for free. 

“Habitat Color Bash will help form a greater sense of family for our whole community,” Thirumal said. “[It will be] an event that will be fun-filled for children of all ages and groups.” 

Twenty percent of the registration proceeds will go to the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity; the remaining 80 percent will go to the Color Bash company for production costs. Funds raised in the process will go directly to aiding local families with their housing needs. 

“We would like to turn this into a regional event, which will draw individuals from all over Middle Georgia,” Thirumal said. “Being the inaugural year, we feel confident that the planners have done a fantastic job in orchestrating and coordinating all the moving parts so well. … We hope this will be a very successful annual event for Milledgeville in the future.” 

MBCHFH would like to show an expression of gratitude to its generous Platinum and Diamond Level sponsors: Grimes Signs and the Grove Apartments (Platinum Level); Z97 Radio and The Rotary Club of Milledgeville (Diamond Level). 

Habitat for Humanity of Milledgeville and Baldwin County was incorporated in 1994 and completed its first home in 1996. Habitat MBC is supported by donations from churches, businesses, individuals and proceeds from the ReStore. The Habitat ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, functioning household appliances, clean furnishings and building material surplus. All items are donated for sale and the proceeds are used to support Habitat’s mission of eliminating substandard housing in Milledgeville and Baldwin County. 

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