We successfully raised $30 towards the ColorSplash 5k to help the Library Arts Center in our town have more events, programs and such for the arts.
My daughter and I woke up rushing around on Saturday morning to get ready to sign in for the 5K walk/run in our town. We showed up and there were a lot of people there, my daughter having the anxiety issues I had and still occasionally have, was a bit overwhelmed by the showing of people. I reassured her and helped her to overcome any anxiety she was feeling.
We saw people we knew, teachers and such too. That made Kiara a bit more comfortable while we waited for the color corrider to be set up and the people to get covered in color. Kiara changed her mind on getting splashed with color but she had fun watching others. Then we ran into her friend with her friend’s brother who was doing the walk.
Kiara invited her friend to walk with us and we had fun walking the 5k together. Although I noticed the girls got slower as we got further along and I had to refrain from my normal speed of fast paced walking I started with in order to keep only a few short feet ahead or behind them. Allowing them their talking time, which they DID – the whole walk. Talk talk talk. It was nice to see Kiara smiling and having a good time. Having a friend there kept her mind off of the walk and she kept moving forward.
When it was all said and done the Library Arts Center people announced winners for raffles, awards to the quickest people based on male/female then age groups. Kiara’s friend won something from the raffle but Kiara did not so she left feeling pretty sad. I had to do the “we can’t all win something, that’s why it is called a raffle and that is okay because we walked for a great reason!” talk and she was okay with being reminded that completing the 5k was a huge accomplishment for her & helping a wonderful organization!
The total raised was somewhere around $3,000, which is totally awesome. The highest fund raiser person won an award for raising over $500, way to go! Events like this remind me of why I am starting to love the community I have been a part of since I was five years old and happy that my children get to experience such things as a close community!
For those who walked, ran, volunteered and helped get this event going – Yay to you, you all ROCKED it and I love seeing how well the event went. It’s wonderful that so many support the arts and our local community!