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Swazi 5K

SAVE THE DATE!                                                                                    
Join the 5k on Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Join us for the 9th Annual Swazi 5K Run/Walk in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Swazi 5K is a USATF sanctioned event and certified course that starts and finishes on the campus of Southern Nazarene University.

The Swaziland Partnership is a cooperative effort between the Swaziland Church of the Nazarene, Swaziland Nazarene Health Institutions, NCM Africa, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc., Bethany First Church of  the Nazarene, and Southern Nazarene University. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland through the development of key spiritual, compassionate and educational resources.

To:
Sponsor:    download and return the 2017 Swazi 5K Sponsorship form
Volunteer:  contact Donnie Carley:  donnie.carley@cox.net
Register:     signmeup.com/119348
                    download:  Swazi 5K Registration form

Mark your calendar now and watch for more information coming soon!

Location Information:
The start and finish are on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (NW 39th St. Expressway and College). There will also be a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk looping around the block. Race will be held rain or shine. No refunds.

About This Event:
Proceeds from this event are used by Bethany First Nazarene to provide scholarships to send volunteer teams to Swaziland, to support the Swaziland HIV/AIDS Task Force to provide home-based care to those with AIDS with the goal to delay orphanhood for the children of Swaziland and to support the Swaziland RFM Hospital delivery room to prevent the transfer of HIV to newborn babies. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to benefit the children of Bethany, Oklahoma through the Bethany Foundation After-School Program. Registration includes a t-shirt and goody bag, and all but $5 of your registration fee may count as a charitable tax deduction. A tent with medical personnel will be on-site, and water, sports drinks, and refreshments will be available.


The Course:
This is a USATF sanctioned event and certified course (OK-09054-DG) that starts and finishes on the campus of Southern Nazarene University and loops through the neighborhoods in Bethany. A tent with medical personnel will be on-site. Water, sports drinks, and refreshments will be available. 

Parking:
Parking is on the west side of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene at NW 39th St. Expressway and Mueller.

Contact:
Karen Dedmon
Phone: (405) 834-7436
Email: karen-dedmon@sbcglobal.net


2016 Beneficiaries

The Swazi HIV/AIDS Task Force – This Swazi led-ministry provides loving care and support in over 600 homes in Swaziland to serve those with HIV or TB. Funds from this 5k provide food and needed medicine.

The Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital Delivery room and Waiting Hearts Hut – This hospital in Swaziland delivers over 9,000 babies annually. They need supplies and disposables for their busy delivery room. There is also a Waiting Hearts Hut where ladies from rural areas of Swaziland come to wait for their baby to be born. We have helped renovate this space and provided new mattresses for more comfort. There is still work needed for an upgraded bathroom and supplies for these ladies-in-waiting

The Bethany After-School Program - This local program provides a safe, loving environment for kids to play, do homework, receive tutoring and play sports. A survey was conducted in the Bethany and an after school program was identified as a major need. Since then, local law enforcement has stated that this program has helped reduce crime in the area by giving students in the community a supervised place to go after school. 

Team scholarships - Funds from the 5k are available to provide scholarships for those wanting to join a volunteer team for Swaziland. Consider joining our March 2016 GO Team.