RANCHO SANTA FE — The fourth annual Spirit Run took place at Horizon Prep on April 9 as 425 students ran to raise money for charities. Students were sponsored and each lap they ran earned them more money for their charities. This year’s charities are the Grace Children’s Home in Tijuana, Mexico, and Compassion International, a medical mission in Sudan.
Galyn Thompson recently spent a month in Sudan building homes for the Sudan Missions Team. “It was the best experience of my life,” Thompson said. “The number of lives I saw saved was mind-blowing. The money these kids are raising goes so far in Sudan. So many lives are being saved.” Thompson saw firsthand the hardships of Sudan and the positive results from the clinics established there. “I met people who were walking 25 miles to come to the clinic. There is no charge and the people in the clinics waste nothing. The infant mortality rate there is 50 percent and we’re helping to change that.”
“The money raised here will help buy a crib or bed for the orphanage,” Heather Raymond of Grace Children’s Home said. “It’s greatly appreciated.”
The students of Horizon Prep were eager to run and support the charities. In the past three years the Spirit Run has raised more than $160,000. “I know we’re all trying to make do with 30 percent less, but let’s do it anyway,” President Bob Botsford said. “This is God’s work.”
After the run, students were off for spring break and didn’t return to school until April 20. The amount raised for this year’s Spirit Run will be announced May 6.
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