Klahowya senior’s charity run a success

Brad Pitcher, a senior at Klahowya Secondary School, knew that he wanted to do a charity project but he didn’t know what it was going to be — until he heard about the Children of the Nations food drive.

Last Sunday, Pitcher took it upon himself to round up 23 of his peers to run from Central Kitsap High School to the Kitsap Pavilion to help package food for the tsunami relief effort that was being put on by Children of the Nations of Silverdale. Pitcher calls the number of kids who showed up to run with him and help package food “an amazing turnout.”

“I felt it was important to give back to the community and senior year is the best time to do that,” he said.

Pitcher is on the track and field team at Klahowya. The majority of his fellow runners on Sunday are on the team except for Dean Alexander, Jon LaFrance and Brian Donahue, all of whom trained for two weeks just to participate in the run. Many of the runners also were on the cross country team in the fall.

“It was really fun, especially how we were helping out the tsunami relief, it was a nice feeling,” Donahue said.

The runners joined other local volunteers in filling packages of food that will be sent to Sri Lanka.

“It was really fun, it was like a machine,” he said of the process of filling each package.

He adds that he will never forget the phrase “lentil, spice, chicken, rice” which is what they repeated as they filled each package with the four food items. Each package will feed about six people, he said.

“It was fun because each of these kids really wanted to give back to the community, the cross country group, we’re a really social team and always help each other, it was pretty cool that everyone wanted to help,” Pitcher said.

The group ran to and from the Pavilion, a total of about six miles. Each participant donned a bright yellow T-shirt that was purchased from 1010 Graphx & Screen Printing by the MADD, Kitsap County Chapter. The runners also were sponsored by Albertson’s, which donated water and energy bars.

“Kids doing a program to help support the community is great,” said Marsha Masters, president of the Kitsap County Chapter of MADD. “We need more kids like (Pitcher) to do positive things for the community. This was great.”

Pitcher was originally going to coordinate a 13-mile, two-day run to United Way in Bremerton, but he couldn’t get enough runners to join him. He says that he just felt like putting together the charity run. Now that he has, he may use it for his senior project.

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