Deep in the Heart of Text Us

Over 1,000 people are expected at the 13th annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk presented by Kimberly-Clark, on Sunday, April 10 at Knoxville Catholic High School, 9245 Fox Lonas Road. The event will raise funds for Columbus Home Children’s Services, a program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee (CCETN).

In addition to Kimberly-Clark, the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk is supported by corporate sponsors B&W Y-12, Covenant Health, Regions Bank and Xinergy.

The festivities will begin at 2:00 p.m. on April 10 with games, inflatables and other activities on the football field at Catholic High. In the event of rain, the event moves indoors to the basketball court. At 3:00 p.m., Father Ragan Schriver, CCETN’s executive director, will lead a one-mile fun walk around the Catholic High track and the walking trail on the adjacent campus of All Saints Catholic Church.

Participants are encouraged to solicit pledges from friends and family members. The Walk participant who collects the most money in pledges will win a year’s worth of movie tickets from Regal Cinemas.

Advance registration costs $15 per person or $30 per family of four. On the day of the event, the cost is $20 per person and $35 per family. Those who register by March 30 are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt. Those registering later can get shirts while supplies last.

Domino’s, Chili’s, Rita’s Ice and Krispy Kreme are among the companies who donate food for the event, at no charge to the registered walkers.

This year’s Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk is being promoted through traditional and social media outlets. Star 102.1 is the radio sponsor and on-air personality Frank Murphy is the honorary chairman of the event. WBIR-TV donated public service announcements. The online registration site at http://columbushomewalk.eventbrite.com is easily linked to users’ Facebook accounts. A short code of http://tinyurl.com/kidswalk13 is ideal for Twitter updates. Potential participants can get basic details about the Walk by texting the word WALK to 41522.

For nearly 40 years, Columbus Home has provided hope, help and safe haven for at-risk children and youth. Its continuum of care includes these programs:

  • Columbus Home Children’s Emergency Shelter> for children birth to 17 who are removed from the home because of immediate endangerment
  • Columbus Home Group Home for boys 12-17 who have been separated from their families for a variety of reasons
  • Parent Place, which provides a safe, home-like atmosphere for court-ordered supervised visitation between children and their non-custodial parent
  • Columbus Home Assisting Parents (C.H.A.P.), providing in-home parenting education and case management to prevent child abuse and neglect

As with all Catholic Charities programs, Columbus Home serves anyone with demonstrated need regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. In East Tennessee, fewer than 5 percent of clients are Catholic.

A member agency of Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest network of social services, CCETN’s mission is to address the unmet needs of the most vulnerable of our region by providing shelter, nourishment, counseling and education in order to foster human dignity. All of CCETN’s 18 programs operating across East Tennessee are fully accredited by the international Council on Accreditation.

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