Run, Walk or Bike a Virtual 5K – October 24th through November 1st
The Padraig Pearse Division #1 Kansas City Missouri – of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) invites runners, walkers, bikers (pedalers or riders), and sponsors to participate in a virtual 5K the final week in October 2020. The event has been created to provide funding for the Our Lady of Perpetual Help food pantry (31st and Broadway- https://www.redemptoristcenter.org/) and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s Morning Glory Ministries (https://morningglorykc.org/) food program, which focuses on homeless vets.
AOH is the largest Irish-Catholic men’s service group in the United States; the Pearse Division with its 140 members is active throughout the Kansas City region. The virtual 5k has been created in recognition of the unique challenges facing people of all faiths and backgrounds during the Covid-19 pandemic and to honor members’ Irish ancestors who endured the tragedy of the 19th Century Irish Famine.
“Hibernian Harvest 4 Hunger” is a Facebook page where those interested can receive updated information, share the event with friends, and update their personal efforts and accomplishments. (Click here to access it)
- $30 to participate and receive a t-shirt (size guaranteed for registering before October 15th)
- The 5k can be completed any time from October 24th until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday November 1st, participants that verify completion will be entered in the post-race raffle.
- $100 Sponsors will receive one free entry – including t-shirt and entry in the raffle.
- Sponsorships received prior to October 15th will have their name on the back of the t-shirt.
Entry Fees and Sponsorships are all tax deductible – AOH Irish Charities Fed ID 82-1324109
Below are two websites and three books for those with an interest in learning more about the Irish Famine and its impact on Ireland and the United States – while it is not a happy story it is an important one.
- The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy – by Tim Pat Coogan
- Paddy’s Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred– by Thomas Gallagher
- The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People – by John Kelly