Calling cadence for charity

6 Nov 2008 | Cpl. Jin Hyun Lee

On the crisp morning of Oct. 17, more than 600 enthusiastic Marines, spouses, children, young and old, signed up for the Combined Federal Campaign 5K Fun Run fundraiser at Goettge Memorial Field House. 

For more than 10 years, the CFC has hosted a 5k Fun Run and provided more than 2,000 charities of choice for participants to pledge their donations, this year raising approximately $5,000.

“I love to see (the Marines) in formation calling cadence for charity,” said Kristi Halstead, the executive director of CFC for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and Onslow County.

With the hectic deployment schedule of Marine expeditionary forces and other units doing workups, to include infantry units, this year was the lowest grossing venue ever in the event’s history, especially compared to last year’s astounding total of $11,000. However, Halstead didn’t show an ounce of discouragement.

“We actually anticipated this going into it. There are currently several time and scheduling factors going on aboard the base right now,” said Halstead optimistically.  “In all, the campaign seems to be absolutely thriving this year.”

Despite the decrease in profit, the magnitude of cheerful energy emanated by all participants seemed to take precedence over the lack of participation.

People of all ages, gender, military and civilians alike, including base schools, students, teachers and administrators, look forward to this event every year.  Participants of this venue received a T-shirt.  Contributors of $25 or more received a discount card for 26 different local businesses as a thank you gift.

 “(The fun run) has truly become an Onslow County tradition,” said Halstead.  “It is a truly wonderful thing to see all of those people out there for a charitable cause.”

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