Race will support Micah project in Honduras
By the end of her first service trip to Guatemala, in 2003, Jeanette Sipp-White was already thinking about how nice it would be not to come back alone.
“Even then I was thinking, ‘I want to bring some of these kids home,’” she said, “but I wasn’t even married at the time.”
Nine years later, Sipp-White, a Spanish teacher at Parkway South High School, and her husband, Mike, are on the waiting list to adopt a child from Honduras. But international adoptions take years to go through, and Sipp-White wasn’t content with waiting idly.
So she and two other area mothers, Tiffany Upshaw and Amy Darr, who are also waiting for Central American adoptions to go through, decided to organize a fundraiser for the children they couldn’t help directly.
The fundraiser is a race – the Labor of Love 5K & 1 mile Fun Run/Walk – to be held on the morning of Labor Day at Tower Grove Park. Through the end of August, participation fees are $25 for the 5K race and $15 for the fun run/walk.
The proceeds will benefit the Micah project, a Christian charity supporting and housing about 25 boys in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Both Upshaw and Darr have worked with the project on past visits.
“Any one of the children in Micah could be a brother or sister to our own child,” Sipp-White said.
The three women are hoping for about 300 participants, but the event can accommodate up to 500. Sipp-White said they have collected enough sponsorship money from area businesses – about $4,000 so far – to ensure that all of the participation fees will go to the charity.
They also have enough money to give out 50 prizes, half for attendance and half for the fastest finishers.
If the race is a success, Sipp-White said she even hopes to make it an annual event.
“Things have just fallen into place,” Sipp-White said. “I feel really fortunate to have found these other two mothers."
For more information about the Labor of Love race, visit http://www.micah2point0.org/#/micah-20-events/labor-of-love-info.