Scranton’s First Annual Race To Heal Haiti was a great success. Over 200 participants ran and walked the 5K route through Nay Aug Park on May 17, enabling education for sponsored student nurses in Haiti.
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On Saturday, May 17, the first annual Race to Heal Haiti will be held at Nay Aug Park. The 5K run/walk will begin at 11a.m., with preregistration occurring from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Money raised from this event will be used to assist nursing students in Haiti to attend school for their RN degree.
This reporter had the opportunity to speak to the event organizer, Valarie Lucas, who is a junior year nursing student at the University of Scranton. Lucas first became interested in Haiti when she had the opportunity to apply for the International Service Program offered by the University. She was struck by “the sense of human connection and the community of people” that she experienced there, which she described as “the most raw form of love.” Lucas stated that the ideas of faith and community which she learned on the trip could be summarized by a quote from Mother Teresa: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Haitian artist Lissa Jeannot is an artist-in-residence at Moscow Clayworks, located at 223 North Main Street in Moscow. Her friendship with the owners, the Goryls, has blossomed from an introduction in 2010 to an exchange of art, knowledge, and camaraderie.