Active Legs to Aid "Helping Hands"
A new addition to the annual Rector Labor Day celebration will bring a healthy outlook to a worthy cause. This year will mark the first Rector Labor Day 5K Walk/Run, scheduled for Aug. 31, a health-oriented event which has been created to raise funds for the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation.
"We thought this would be a great way to raise money for the Helping Hands Foundation, especially in those years when there's not a benefit concert," Shannon Haywood, one of the organizers of the 5K, said. "So many of the people who live here and those who come into for Labor Day are already active and enjoy doing things like running and jogging, that we thought this would be a natural fit."
The 5K is coming together as a result of the efforts of Haywood, Barbi Anderson, Heather Simmons, Kim Romine, Christy Ford, Hailey Jones and Sherri Dills.
"We all got together and went over everything it would take to make this work," Haywood said. "So far, the response has been incredible!"
The Rector Helping Hands Foundation has made a lasting impact in the lives of local schoolchildren, funding numerous activities and needs such as scholarships, doctor and dental visits as well as purchasing much-needed clothing for children who might otherwise go without.
"Helping Hands is a wonderful organization and this 5K is something we can do to help them help others," Haywood said. "How can you not support something that does as much as Helping Hands?"
Organizers are on their way toward reaching their goal of $5,000 in proceeds. Current sponsors for the 5K include: Graves Gin; Holifield Farms; Rector Nursing and Rehab; Michael Lindsey of Farm Bureau Insurance; Sain's Collision; Napa/Mosley's Auto Parts; Radio Shack of Kennett; Honeysuckle and Home; Liberty Bank of Arkansas; Irby's Funeral Home; Sain's Floor Covering; Rector Downtown Drug and Medical Supply; Crancer-Sigsby Insurance; Duncan Chiropractic; Coy and Associates; Wolf Farms; Lack's Packaging; Above & Beyond; Glen Sain; Delta Co-op; Mike Trail, Attorney-at-Law; Dr. Bryan Blackshare, DDS; NATCO; Weaver's Transmission and Hamilton Farms.
Through the efforts of these sponsors, organizers hope to keep entry fees low, as well as provide gift bags and shirts to entrants of the Rector Labor Day 5K Walk/Run. The shirts feature a logo designed by Rector Art teacher Joel Boyd.
Forms for the event are currently available at Rector Downtown Drug and Medical Supply, Rector Water Department and Glen Sain in Rector. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 31 at the Rector High School campus pavilion area. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race at the pavilion area.