(Landover Hills, MD) – In honor of National Missing Children’s Day and to raise awareness of the hundreds of thousands of missing persons of color throughout the United States, the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) will host its second annual ‘Hope Without Boundaries’ 5K Run/Walk at the National Harbor in Ft. Washington, Md on Saturday, May 24. The event will kick-off at 8:30am.
“All of us have a responsibility to raise awareness in our communities and throughout the country about our missing,” said Founders Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson. “The 5K is also being held to empower our communities to take action to help locate our missing or provide much needed answers for families and on protecting their loved ones.”
The event which is being held as a fundraiser, will raise money to support families of the missing through financial support, flyer distribution, victim recovery and burial service assistance.
Lending support to the event are Journalist Jacque Reid, who will serve as mistress of ceremonies and WTTG Morning News Anchor Allison Seymour, who will lead the race as the race marshal.
“I support any and everything the Black and Missing Foundation does because their work is life changing and life-saving,” said Jacque Reid. “Personally, they have stepped in to help me with two missing family members. We found my elderly 94-year old uncle being neglected and living in deplorable conditions. Thanks to BAMFI we found him, rescued him moved him into better living conditions. BAMFI helps families like mine do what we could not do on our own… bring our loved ones back or find closure.”
“As Honorary Race Marshall of Hope Without Boundaries, I look forward to adding my voice to the ongoing struggle, to ensure that every missing person regardless of color makes it home again,” said Allison Seymour.
The family-friendly event will also include:
- FREE fingerprinting for kids by The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) in partnership with the Prince George County Police
- Health screening by Howard University Hospital
- Fitness information by CDW Health and Wellness
- Information on the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- Sex trafficking information by the Courtney’s House and LEA Solutions
BAMFI would like to thank its media partners: The Washington Informer, WTTG News, Black Celebrity Giving, as well as its sponsors: Pure Protein, NCBW, NOBLE, Coca Cola, DK Trophies, Inc, and Ogdosunmu Certified Public Accountant.
For additional information about the 5K, visit www.hwb5k.org.
About Black and Missing Foundation Inc.:
Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, by a veteran law enforcement official and public relations specialist, whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends; and to provide educational training on personal safety. BAMFI offers a free clearinghouse, which highlights profiles and information on missing persons of color, nationally. Profiles of missing individuals, throughout the nation, as well as news, information, and tips, can be found at BAMFI’s Web site: www.bamfi.org, IG: @blackandmissingfdn, Twitter: @BAM_FI or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bamfiorg.
Photo credit: Black and Missing Foundation