Have bed, will travel?
A bed race to benefit Valley Interfaith Promise — a ministry to homeless families — is Feb. 27 in downtown Columbus. Teams of five people will gather at the corner of 14th Street and Broadway. Spectators are welcome. The races begin at 12:30 p.m.
“Our goal is for it to be a unique event affiliated with VIP,” said the Rev. Victor Feliciano, director of the 3 1/2-year-old organization. “And, we want people to learn more about what we do and raise awareness that we actually have homeless families in Columbus.”
Prizes will be awarded to teams in the following categories: high school, college, church and civic/business. Teams will also compete in fastest bed, most original, funniest, most money raised and team spirit (teams with the most spectators cheering them on).
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It costs $100 for each team of five to register. (One person is the “rider” and four others push.) Teams may show up the day of the race, but the price jumps to $125 on Feb. 27.
In addition, food and drinks and live music will be on tap. Dave Arwood from the radio station 107-Q will emcee.
Valley Interfaith Promise helps organize local churches with housing and feeding homeless families. During their weeklong stay at each site, the otherwise homeless parents look for work and more permanent housing. Transportation is provided, including getting children to school.
The following congregations participate: First Baptist; Christ Community; First Presbyterian; St. Thomas Episcopal/St. Matthew Lutheran (with St. Thomas as host site); Morningside Baptist; Greater Mt. Zion Baptist, Phenix City; All Saints Presbyterian, Midland, Ga.; His Gathering House Community Church, Ladonia, Ala.; Lakewood Baptist, Phenix City; Pierce Chapel United Methodist, Midland; St. Paul United Methodist; and Trinity Episcopal.
The rain date for the race is March 6.
Valley Interfaith Promise is a 501(c)(3) organization, affiliated with a national group called Family Promise. Family Promise was established in 1986. Locally, volunteers provide most of the services. In addition to Feliciano, there is a full-time case work and part-time driver.
Call 706-494-6348 for more information.