A cross-country 5K race to benefit Broken Shackle Ranch Joseph House and Fostering Bulloch's 7th Mile Farm is slated for Saturday, and organizers hope to raise awareness of the new facilities as well as funds to purchase a zero-turn lawn mower and other items to help maintain the 42-acre property.
Broken Shackle Ranch Joseph House is a transitional living home for at-risk youth and young adults, and 7th Mile Farm is an outdoor recreational facility and campground currently in the process of being built for children in foster care, as well as at-risk youth, in southeast Georgia, said spokesman Hugh Yaughn.
"7th Mile Farm will be a safe place for the abused, neglected and abandoned among us to heal and feel at home," he said.
The race will have a challenging course, with hills and other interesting facets, he said.
"We will have a mile fun run and walk along with a golf cart romp over the course," Yaughn said. "Bring your own golf cart; after the 5K is over ... anyone interested in a golf cart tour of the Joseph House and 7th Mile Farm" will be able to do so at 10 a.m.
There will be refreshments for sale - cookies, lemonade, cotton candy and snow cones. Also, a silent auction and possibly a live auction will offer interesting items, he said.
A band - Pigeye Daddies - will perform during the event, and Core Credit Union will have a picture booth. There will be door prizes as well.
"We will have some antique cars there and a playground and bouncy houses for the kids, and expect to see the Air Evac helicopter if they are not on a call," Yaughn said.
The 7th Mile Farm (formerly Smithfield Golf Course) is located at 7436 Highway 46, near Sinkhole Road. The event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until noon. Medals will be given to all children and first-place male and female finishers. The 5K race will start around 8:15 a.m., he said.
The top three finishers in each age group will be awarded trophies.
For more information, contact Yaughn at (912) 682-3848 or email@example.com.