Community typically means a group of people living in a single area, but fellowship and outreach are parts of the community as well.
Murray Business Lions Club is a service club in the community that has been active for three years. Following in the footsteps of its parent club, The Murray Lions Club, humanitarian work is the substance of Murray Business Lions Club.
“The Murray Business Lions Club is a community service organization,” said Susan Davis, vice president of the Murray Business Lions Club. “We look for a need in the community and try to help as much as we can.”
Davis, along with Murray Business Lions Club and MSU Lions Club members, found a need in the community and coordinated the Color for a Cause paint walk/run.
The event will begin with a Zumba warm-up and late registration at 7 a.m. Saturday at Chestnut Park. At 8 a.m., participants take their place to begin the color run.
The one-mile loop through Chestnut Park will have five different color stations, along with music playing, each from a different decade and participants may complete the loop as many times as they want.
Early registration cost is $25. For participants who sign up the morning of the race, the registration fee is $35.
Proceeds from registration fees will be used to purchase iPads and specific apps for the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Rehabilitation Department.
Davis said the iPads will be used in a variety of ways and will benefit both people with disabilities and their caregivers.
“The rehabilitation department at the hospital work a lot with people who have been affected by strokes or children who have autism,” Davis said. “They use the iPads and the apps to communicate.”
Davis said the goal for the Color for a Cause paint walk/run is to have 300 runners and raise $7,000.
Laura Nightingale, senior from Hopkinsville, Ky., and member of MSU Lions Club, is working to coordinate the walk/run for one of her class projects in her major.
“I think the event will benefit the community in many ways,” Nightingale said. “First of all, just getting people out in the community and doing the color run is fun because they can participate together with friends and family. Then there are all the people who will benefit from the iPads and their families and the people they are close to.”
Story by Hunter Harrell, Features Editor