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Students run for refugees

John Poli
Staff Writer
jpoli@lhup.edu
By Rob266, commons.wikimedia.org

By Rob266, commons.wikimedia.org

Six members of the Lock Haven University cross country and track and field team are doing more than just racing. On Sunday April 19th, they will all be doing a run for charity.

The runners are sophomores Jack Felt, Scott Davern, Addison Monroe, Korey Repologle, junior Dalen Stroh, and seniors Matt Guiod, Alex Diltz.

The six will run for the refugee camps in Syria. Their goal is to raise money for the camps in order to contribute in making sure the refugee’s have supplies.

“We looked into these camps in class and realized how much help that these kids need,” Guiod said. “It was very sickening to see what they have to go through.”

“The children in Syria are in need of food, water, medicine, school and supplies,” Monroe said. “We agreed that supporting a refugee camp would be a great cause.”

The run will be 15 miles and they will be running all around the community. The run will end at 4:00 outside of Thomas Fieldhouse. The guys picked the 15-mile run because the long mileage will be a hard challenge; much like the hard challenges the refugees face.

“When we decided to run for our service project, we wanted to run for something more than ourselves and also challenge ourselves,” Monroe said. “Doing a longer run gives us the ability to really support the crisis in Syria. Doing something any easier would not feel right.”

“It will be really nice to know that on that specific day we are not running for ourselves we are running for something much bigger than us,” Guiod said. “We take for granted everything that we have and complain when something small happens, but these kids wake up with a smile on their face and make the most of what they have in life.”

The runners are asking the community for help. They are looking for donations for each mile they run. Anyone looking to donate can contact Matt Guiod at (207) 794-4631 or mag3656@lhup.edu.

“It is very difficult for them to get educated and this money could help this generation of Syrian children do something with their life’s,” Guiod said. “If not they will not be able to break away and become the best person they could be.”

The runners are asking the community for help. They are looking for donations for each mile they run. Anyone looking to donate can contact Matt Guiod at (207) 794-4631 or mag3656@lhup.edu.

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