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Be a hero: Run the CASA superhero 5K


October 28, 2014

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    You don’t have to fly in order to be a hero, but with an upcoming 5K all you have to do is run.

    The Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit are hosting their second annual Superhero 5K to benefit the organization. Started in the early 2000s, CASA is an organization that investigates cases of neglected and abused children and makes recommendations about the best living situation for the child going forward. They are a part of a national organization and they serve Jenkins, Effingham, Bulloch and Screven Counties.

    The 5K will be held on a course in Guyton and the group is prepared to make this event even bigger than last year’s. Lainie Jenkins, Executive Director of the CASA, is hoping to double last year’s numbers. Last year, 80 runners participated in the 5K. In addition to the 5K, there will also be a fun run and “Super-pet Contest.” Owners can dress their pets up in their best superhero costumes to be judged at the 5K.

    The event is a collaboration between various organizations, including the Departments of Sociology & Anthropology, Criminal Justice & Criminology, and Human Ecology at Georgia Southern along with Institute for Public & Nonprofit Studies. It has also been endorsed by Georgia Southern as a “True Blue” event. The proceeds will be used to help in the organization’s expenses. CASA board member April Schueths shared her personal experience of the time and expenses of a case worker.

    “Volunteers cover their own expenses for these visits and for training. These funds will help fund the organization as we continue to work on a budget.”

    Schueths acknowledged Lainie Jenkins as a major part of the growth of the organization. Since December of 2010, the organization has grown their case load from 7 children to 100. Jenkins attributes the group’s mission to the growth of the organization.

    “CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family,” said Jenkins.

     The race is at Guyton Elementary on Nov. 1. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m.

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