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Formula for Life to aid Haitian orphans

Statement issued Friday by the University of Saint Francis:

March 9, 2012 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The fourth annual Formula for Life, a University of Saint Francis 5k run/walk and silent auction, will take off on Sunday, April 15 beginning at 1 p.m. at Hutzell Athletic Center. The event generates funds to purchase baby formula and other food for Haitian orphans. Access to Hutzell Athletic Center is off Leesburg Road bordering the east side of the south campus.

Founded in 2009 by then-USF student Cortney Shepard, the service-based, student-led campaign is a yearlong student effort. Last year’s event drew over 300 people and garnered over $8,000 to send to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage, providing a year of food for the orphans. This year, the students hope to again fund a year of food, provide vitamins and toddler protein packs for this and other Haitian orphanages and pay for the drilling of a well to provide safe drinking water.

In May, Formula for Life student leader Amanda Pedro will join faculty event adviser Dr. Amy Obringer in visiting Haitian orphanages to again determine any unmet needs and assess continued funding to the most critical areas.

Runners/walkers will register beginning at 12:30 p.m., when the music and silent auction bids will begin and continue throughout the end of the run/walk. When all participants have finished the course, lunch will be served.

The cost to participate is $15 per person or $12 per person for families of three or more, which includes lunch. The first 200 runners/walkers to register will receive free event t-shirts.

Contact Pedro at pedroak@cougars.sf.edu or Dr. Amy Obringer at 399-7700, ext. 8210 to find out more about the Formula for Life mission.

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