On Sunday November 24th, 2013, the Omicron Pi chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu at Florida State University hosted its first ever 5k Run. The honor society planned the "Run to Give 5k" to raise awareness in the community about Kappa Omicron Nu and it’s chosen charity, “Give The Kids The World Foundation,” which is located in Orlando, FL.
Give The Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort, located near Central Florida's most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. We feel this is a great cause that would benefit from others also giving back to them. After only a few short months of planning and after paying off the costs of the race expenses, Kappa Omicron Nu successfully raised $789 for this wonderful foundation. The race had over 60 runners and 20 volunteers participate. Our chapter members feel they have started a new tradition and plan to continue hosting a 5k on Florida State’s University each year. We expect our fundraising to only grow, as we are learning the best ways of marketing Kappa Omicron Nu in our local community and the selected charities we have chosen for donations. This year we had raised awareness in the community by having our local Trader Joe’s store join our team by donating water and a gift bag of prizes to our top runners. We also had Capital City Runners, a local running store in Tallahassee, FL, donate gift cards to the top two male and female runners, and we had our local donut shop, Donut Kingdom, donate donuts and bagels to all runners on race day. Lastly, we had other campus organizations involved, such as Healthy Noles, to advertise, volunteer on race day, and create goody bags for all of our participating runners. We feel we have successfully helped contribute to a wonderful charity foundation and have also raised awareness about Kappa Omicron Nu. We look forward to continuing to do so in the future and feel very blessed to be a part of such a great honor society.
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