The 14th Annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk benefiting Columbus Home will be held on Sunday, April 1 at Knoxville Catholic High School. For the third year in a row, I’ve been asked to serve as honorary chair of the event. After we recorded a radio interview to promote it, Fr. Ragan Schriver joked that I could end up becoming the Jerry Lewis of the Fun Walk.
The Walk is more than just a walk. It’s a family festival with t-shirts, games, prizes and food from Domino’s Pizza, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Rita’s Ice. The cost is $15 per person or $30 per family in advance. The prices go up to $20 and $35 on the day of the walk. Participants are encouraged to get pledges to raise extra money. The top fundraiser wins a movie ticket each week for a year from Regal Cinemas.
As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Fr. Ragan oversees Columbus Home and several other ministries. Because he also teaches classes in the University of Tennessee College of Social Work, I asked him to put on his professor hat and comment on the roles of government and charitable organizations in today’s society. You can listen to the half-hour show by clicking on the play button below.