5K and auction to benefit Haiti


The second annual Hit the Streets for Haiti 5K run and silent auction will be held at SVSU on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The silent auction and check-in will open at 9 a.m., with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The auction will close at 11:30 a.m. The event is being planned and organized by Project Piti Pami (3P), a nonprofit organization founded by SVSU alumni that works to improve health outcomes in Haiti through education.

Registration may be completed online and costs $25 per person. Last minute registration is welcome, but the first 30 people to register will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Proceeds from the event will go to 3P’s health education efforts in Haiti, with some funds going toward the Haiti Medical Project and their ongoing programs for nurses, water purification and new or expectant mothers.

3P was founded by SVSU alumni Jordan Place and Tom Taugher in 2017 after a mission trip to Haiti with the RSO Standing in the Gap.

“We wanted to have a more long-lasting impact in Haiti than just a short-term mission trip,” said Taugher, who serves as 3P’s fundraising director. “We decided that the best way that we can help Haiti is to not only partner with the Haiti Medical Project, but also have a main focus on promoting sustainable healthcare by empowering Haitians in their local communities.”

Aside from getting some exercise, Taugher sees the run as an opportunity for people to learn about osteopathic manual medicine and the work being done in Haiti.

The 5K raised $2,750 last year with 48 runners.

Place and Taugher hope to see an increase in participation this year.

“We are hoping to raise $5,000 this year, which is enough to fund two whole medical clinics, including medications, for over 350 Haitian patients,” said Jesse Place, the financial director for 3P.

Runners of all ages are encouraged to attend. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and prizes will be awarded for the top finishers of each age group.

Auction items differ slightly from last year and will include restaurant gift certificates, themed gift baskets and other donations from local businesses.

Planning began mid-summer, Place said, and has taken on many additional sponsors. Sponsors include Linden Presbyterian Church Missional Connections Team, Risk and Associates County Civil Process & Judgment Enforcement, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gift of Hope Boutique, St. Agnes Catholic Church and Thrivent Financial Credit Union.