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Participate in an Annual Race to help Support a Community Services Organization

In October, you can take part in the annual 10K Race 4 FISH event on Sanibel Island. If you’re not already familiar with this outstanding human service organization in the community, this is a great opportunity to find out about the amazing services and programs they provide on Sanibel and Captiva.

FISH stands for Friends In Service Here. This is a non-profit and non-sectarian organization that focuses on “neighbors helping neighbors.” This 10K Race 4 FISH is among the most crucial fundraising Sanibel events the organization relies on for support. It’s held on the Island in conjunction with the Fort Myers Track Club.

More than 500 runners are expected to participate this year. Most are from South West Florida, including many residents of Sanibel and Captiva as well as visitors and even tourists. Out of state entries however are welcome and do participate. Runners can look forward to provision of stewarding, parking and refreshment stations by service clubs on the Island who volunteer.

The 2010 race features a unique and fun cartoon logo that was created by the Island’s popular cartoonist Dave Horton. The cartoon was donated by Dave Horton and will be featured on race banners, posters and T-shirts. This is an extra special addition to one of the most fun and worthwhile annual Sanibel events you can attend.

FISH serves more than 900 clients in the community, and FISH prides itself on providing specific information on what they’re able to accomplish. A few of the many services FISH volunteers delivered in 2009 include delivering 1,906 hot meals to individuals who are housebound or live alone; collecting and distributing 31,574 lbs of food from their food pantry; and providing $ 74,025 of emergency financial assistance to families and individuals.

Some of the many other types of services FISH provides include operating a health care referral service, providing information on hurricane preparedness, providing non-emergency transport to and from the Island, and providing in-home visitations.

Community support funds all of the organization’s programs through donations as well as participation in FISH Sanibel events. In addition to participating in the 10K Race for FISH fundraiser, you can donate unopened, unexpired food items for distribution to community families that are in need.

This year, the organization hopes to raise a significant amount of money through the 10K Race for FISH through participant fees, donations and local sponsorships. The number of senior citizens, individuals and families with children that are referred to FISH for assistance and services continues to rise, prompting a need for ongoing and additional funding.

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