Bake sales are all well and good, but here in Kitsapland (and
it’s safe to say the Northwest in general), we like to get double
duty out of raising money for a worthy cause.
Upcoming are two events where you can get vigorous exercise in
the fresh air while doing good. The first is the Jingle Bell Run,
raising funds to combat juvenile arthritis, on Saturday in Port
Orchard; the second on Dec. 14, is NewLife Kitsap’s Walk for Water,
raising money to build wells in Africa, to be held on waterfronts
in Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island and the
Theler Wetlands in Belfair. Both require registration, and
pre-registering is preferred. But you can jump on board with both
events the morning of.
Both events raise awareness of of things most of us (I think
it’s safe to say) take for granted.
When it’s raining buckets here in the Northwest, like on July 4th,
most of us probably don’t think, “Dang, I wish we had some more
water around here.” Kitsap, which relies solely on rainfall to
replenish its reservoirs and aquifers each year, has faced seasons
where water conservation is encouraged. But we’re always able to
turn on the tap for a drink of potable water or a bottle of water
at the convenience store.
In contrast, many people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to
clean water. The average African walks 5 miles a day for water,
according to people at New Life who are organizing the Walk for
Water. The journey is dangerous and most of the water gathered is
unclean, causing illness and sometimes death, especially among
in the Light, a charity supported by NewLife in the Walk for
Water, collects money to build wells and bring other forms of water
purification to towns in Burkina Faso. Last year, reporter
Josh Farley wrote about the organization, founded by Tom and
Katy Cornell, who are also involved with NewLife. The couple, while
attending Northwestern University in Kirkland, got to know a man
from Burkina Faso, and so learned about the needs of people
In 2012, 80 people took part in the first Walk for Water in
Kitsap County, treking 2 1/2 miles along the Silverdale waterfront
with empty five-gallon jugs and other containers.
They filled them and lugged them back, getting a taste of what
people (most women and children) must do each day. Lack of a clean
water source is not only inconvenient and unhealthy, it robs people
of the time to work, get an education and have a life, as the
saying goes here in the U.S. The event has been expanded this year
to several waterfront locations.
When: December 14; registration a 9:30 a.m.; walk starts at 10
Where: Gig Harbor waterfront; Bainbridge waterfront Park;
Silverdale waterfront; Port Orchard Westbay Center; Theler
What: The length of the walk is 5 miles. Each person will be given
a 5-gallon container to carry on the walk or bring your own.
Cost: $20 registration fee to receive a T-shirt and five-gallon
container (fee waived if you skip the T-shirt and bring your own
container); recommended donation of $100 to walk. Online
registration through Dec. 12.
Jingle Bell Run
I ran into Sheila Cline the other day at MoonDogs (when I was
outrageous tip the restaurant received). Cline was busy
preparing for the third annual
Jingle Bell Run, an event she has captained since 2011, in
support of her daughter Kinsey, who has juvenile arthritis. The
5K run/walk is part ofPort Orchard’s Festival of Chimes &
The Jingle Bell run is the signature event of the Arthritis
Foundation. To get the organization on board with allowing the run
in Port Orchard, Cline had to guarantee a minimum level of
participation. No worries there; the run has exceeded expectations
each year, involving more than 1,000 runners (some real serious
types) and raising more than $50,000 annually for the
Kinsey Cline has struggled with arthritis since she was 8. Now
13, she’s having a good year and able to regularly attend John
Sedgwick Junior High School. That wasn’t always so. Last year, she
missed a lot of school and experienced a lot of discomfort. Now on
a new medication regime, Kinsey’s arthritis is well controlled.
As those with the disease know, it’s an ongoing battle to stay
mobile. Something those participating in this year’s run/walk might
consider as they trot (or clip) along Bay Street and Beach
Kinsey was the honoree at the first Jingle Bell Run. This year’s
honoree is Linda Banks of Port Orchard who was diagnosed with
rheumatoid arthritis two years ago. Now 48, Banks was and is an
athlete, and she finds that exercising and staying active helps
reduce her arthritis symptoms.
A member of the Kitsap Tri-Babes, Banks has participated in many
triathlons, and on her birthday in 2012, Banks completed an Ironman
triathlon in Cour d’Alene, swimming in the choppy 58 degree lake,
bicycling, and then running. Doctor’s have advised against her
running for the time being, but Banks will participate by walking
the 5K on Saturday.
A costume contest is at 12:30 p.m.; kids’ 1K at 1 p.m.,; 5K at
Where: Port Orchard City Hall, 216 Prospect Street, Port
When: Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free – $30
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