5K Event Will Benefit Paducah School in Tanzania
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Several Paducah churches have come together to sponsor a 5K "fun run" to raise money for a special school in Tanzania.

The 'Extra Mile 5K' is a community-wide event taking place Saturday, March 7 from 9:30 am to 12 pm at Noble Park in Paducah. The event is being sponsored by several Paducah churches, including Heartland Baptist, Rosebower Baptist, East Baptist, Olivet Baptist, and Twelve Oaks Baptist.

Proceeds from the event will benefit students at the Paducah Hill Side High School in Morogoro, Tanzania and the ministries of Pastor Alex Mgwelele of Morogoro.  Pastor Alex, as he is better known, began his ministry in the 1990's with Morogoro Baptist Church.

The connection to Paducah started in 2000 when members of an area church went on a mission trip to Morogoro.

"It blossomed from there," said Kelly Hudspeth, a representative from Heartland Baptist Church. "We now have several churches that send mission teams over to work at the school, to work in the community."

Pastor Alex leads a local congregation and runs three preschools in Morogoro, as well as Paducah Hill Side High School. The high school was named after Paducah because of the overwhelming support from the community. Three hundred students are housed, fed and educated at the school.

On average, people in Tanzania walk two miles a day. Five kilometers is approximately three miles, one mile more than that average. 

"That's why we're calling it 'The Extra Mile'," said Hudspeth.

You can "go the extra mile" by joining the 5K  Saturday, March 7.  Your $25 donation includes a t-shirt to be given out the day of the event.  Sign-in and registration begins at 9:30 am at Pavilion 19 in Noble Park.  The 5K will kick off at 10 am.

For more information about the event, or to preregister, click the links below.

On the Net:

"Extra Mile 5K' on Facebook
Click here to preregister.

Published 10:00 PM, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020
Updated 08:51 AM, Friday Feb. 14, 2020



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