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The first annual Golden Harvest 5K took place Sunday, Nov. 20, at the University of the Incarnate Word.
The 5K planning was led by a UIW student organization called Human Performance & Sports Management Organization. The group’s president, Heather Fortune, and its adviser, Professor Erlinda Rodriguez, joined the 5K Committee early this summer, meeting on a weekly basis to plan this event.
The event was not only to be a 5K for Dimensions of Wellness Students to participate in but also an event for the San Antonio community with the proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul of San Antonio in support of the upcoming holiday season.
St. Vincent de Paul has volunteers who perform numerous services that help the less-fortunate, homeless children, families, and individuals in the community as well as providing a wide range of services for essentials such as food, clothing, rent, furniture, prescription medicine and utility assistance. Every year around the holidays the non-profit feeds the homeless and low-income families around San Antonio.
The 5K Committee approached the UIW Student Government Association to join in the Golden Harvest canned food drive and to have all the donations from the canned food drive be given to St. Vincent de Paul.
“There was lots of brainstorming and numerous discussions about how the 5K and fundraiser was going to be organized and ran for this inaugural year,” Fortune said. “It made me really think about UIW’s missions and values.
“I found a quote that I really liked by Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.’
“I picked this quote because it reminded me of the core values of UIW which are faith, service, innovation, truth and education. This 5K not only showed how students are being educated about our community but how they unselfishly bring service to those in need. The unselfish acts of all of those who participated gave a gift to St. Vincent de Paul of San Antonio. This will help feed the homeless and low-income individuals in need this holiday season. Not only was the 5K an act of service and faith through UIW students and the San Antonio community it was also an innovative way to bring excitement, fun, and join all of San Antonio and the UIW communities together to run in this 5K.”