SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Nine Line Foundation’s 7th Annual ‘Run for the Wounded’ looked a little different this year.
The race typically takes place on Armed Forces Day weekend in May, but it was postponed due to COVID-19 this year. The 5K and 10K will took place on Saturday, Oct. 3 on Hutchinson Island.
Social distancing guidelines were followed, and adjustments were made to ensure the safety of all participants.
The Run for the Wounded is Nine-Line’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will be used to help homeless veterans with transitional housing and job opportunities.
The Nine-Line Foundation is working to build a green house to provide food for homeless vets and to teach them about aquaponics. One of the race organizers said they want to offer a hand-up not a hand-out to get veterans employed and off the streets. They’re working on building transitional housing, but eventually hope to fund permanent housing developments. Volunteers said a lot of people are o the verge of being homelss due to the financial impact from the pandemic, and community support could help put a roof over someone’s head.
“It could’ve been just one thing that happened in their life that led them to that situation and they need someone to reach out and say, ‘you don’t have to do this we can help.’ So this year it really made us think about it more than ever, that there is a problem and we have to step up and do something,” Matt Lyda the Business Development President for Nine-Line, said.
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