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March 25, 2015
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3rd Annual Run for the Children 5K Raises Funds for Mentoring Program
Conway, SC- The 3rd Annual Run for the Children 5K, sponsored by The Derrick Law Firm, raised close to $3,000 for the Children’s Mentoring Program of Horry County. Each registration fee was donated directly to the program.
“My mother and father have run this program for many years. My father was raised an orphan and did not have a father to love him and teach him what it meant to be a man. While growing up, his mentors were his coaches,” said Dirk Derrick, attorney and owner of The Derrick Law Firm.
“He knew that in our society today, there are so many kids in single parent homes that need role models and mentors.”
With the recent passing of Program Director, Julius Derrick, the mentoring program will continue with the help of his wife, Polly Derrick, case workers, and board members of the program.
Many of the board members and several case workers volunteered at the race as well as members of the community.
With overcast skies and a cool breeze down at the Conway Marina, the weather proved to be ideal for runners. Over 80 people participated in the hometown race, including many locals, snowbirds from the Northeast, and a family visiting the area from Canada.
Local support for the race is important because it brings awareness to the Children's Mentoring Program of Horry County. The mentoring program focuses on students who are missing a significant male or female figure in their lives.
When asked about the severity of children needing mentors in the community, Dirk Derrick replied, “It’s a huge problem, and the program will continue in an effort to provide a solution. The program really needs adults, young and old, who are willing to spend a little time with a kid to change a life. We appreciate those who supported the run and all monies raised goes to the program.”
For those interested in mentoring a child or making a donation to the Children’s Mentoring Program of Horry County, please contact Director Polly Derrick at 843-248-0164. Their office is located at 1422 4th Avenue, Conway, SC, 29526.