The Newark Rotary Club is committed to Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" and to the 2013-2014 theme "Engage Rotary-Change Lives" both within this country and around the world. On Saturday, Sept. 14 Newark Rotary's Community Service Committee is sponsoring its second annual "Canalside Fun Event" beginning at 9 a.m. at T. Spencer Knight Park at the Port of Newark. Participants may walk, run, jog, bike, canoe, kayak, or boat approximately three miles along the Erie Canal to the Widewaters Stebbins Road bridge and back.
This year's event benefits our commitment to the non-profit organization "Building Minds in South Sudan" (BMISS). Co-founded by Sudanese cousins Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi, of Rochester, BMISS is dedicated to providing educational opportunities in their homeland of South Sudan. Sebastian and Mathon, who were resettled here in 2001 as part of the "Lost Boys" refugee group, have been speaking locally to Rotary Clubs, churches, and school groups. They are passionate in their desire of helping to rebuild hope in their village of Mayen-Abun by building a school to provide basic education to its children. To date four of the eight proposed classrooms have been built. Please join us in this fundraiser and fun event in raising money for the next four classrooms and expanding educational opportunities to a community in need.
Registration for the event, which is not a race, begins at 8 a.m. The suggested donation is $5 for an individual, $15 family, $10 youth group. Refreshments will be available and names will be entered in drawings for prizes. For more information and a registration form contact Linda Werts, 331-6999 or