MADISON (WKOW)-- A group of volunteers in Madison are hoping a light-hearted event will help them with a very serious cause. The 33rd annual Freeze for Food 5K and 10K races at Vilas Park raised thousands of dollars for a peaceful village in Colombia Saturday afternoon.
The forecast for the races was snowy and cold. It was quite a bit different than the situation in Colombia where temps were in the mid-60's and the skies were mostly sunny.
Every racer that signed up to run in the cold donated $15 to the Colombia Support Network of Madison. The
group sends six to eight representatives each year to help create food
sources for the peaceful village of San Jose de Apartado.
"The first money that was sent down they bought two cows and that started a herd. Now they have a whole herd of cattle," race organizer Jack Laun says.
The money will also buy seeds so the village can continue to grow their own food, as well as fund their main source of income the cocoa plant that creates world class chocolate. Together these projects help to give villagers independence from the violent regimes that surround them.
"When I was down there it was actually too dangerous to go up to one community that we were in," Colombia Support Network volunteer Steven Bray says.
Since it began the race has raised more than $64,000. Each year the money helps a group of people living in a different world and different climate deal with the challenges they face every
The Colombia Support Network plans to send eight volunteers to Colombia sometime this Summer. They plan to continue their efforts in making their sister city down there more sustainable and independent from the violence that surrounds them.
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