DynCorp International will sponsor the “In their Shoes” 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation (SICF). The event will be held May 4, 2013, at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax, Va.
SICF helps raise funds for Iraqi children in need and proceeds from the event will directly benefit Iraqi orphans and street children. SICF aims to raise $25,000 through donations to the event.
“We named this race ‘In Their Shoes’ because for one day, we are symbolically walking and running in the shoes of these extremely vulnerable children,” said Pat Bergstresser, SICF advisory board member.
“All of the funds – 100% – raised through corporate sponsorships and online fundraising by runners will go to Iraq to feed, tutor, and provide emotional care and support for orphans and street children in Iraq after years of war and violence,” said Betsy Phillips, SICF board member.
A December 2012 report from UNICEF estimates the number of orphans in Iraq today at approximately 800,000. Street children are estimated in the thousands. These children are dangerously vulnerable to recruitment and exploitation by criminals or terrorists, as well as physical abuse, human trafficking, and other risks. The plight of this large a number of children poses a serious humanitarian crisis as well as a threat to the future security and stability of Iraq.
The mission of the Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation is to assist the families and communities of Iraq by mobilizing a life-changing “Surge of Love” for millions of children orphaned by violence in Iraq. SICF is committed to doing this under the leadership of the Iraqi people by:
- Serving as a catalyst to mobilize U.S. and international partners
- Investing in training and capacity building of Iraq’s non-governmental and community organizations
- Emphasizing direct assistance for hand up, not hand out, projects