CAMDEN, NJ — Taking part in Seeds of Hope Ministries’ 2nd Annual 5K “Run for a Life” on Saturday can take many forms. 

For Brenda Antinore and Rebecca Onkar, who put the event together, it will most of all help those facing the struggle of addiction to feel a sense of community. While it can be easily taken for granted, the pair said, connecting with others has been much needed during this difficult year.

“We think of it as a ministry opportunity,” Antinore said. “There has been a lot of loss this year, and we just want to create a context for good reflections. Even if you don’t run, we know people just want to safely be around others…and there's no pressure, no script to have to say the right thing or say anything t all. People really appreciate that, not to be overwhelmed and just encounter some love through prayer."

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Seeds of Hope Ministries, a Camden non-profit that provides outreach resources locally, heads three other ministries: My Father’s Hands, She Has A Name, and South Jersey Aftercare.

The event’s theme this year: “Hope for Those Affected by Addiction.” 

Drug addiction has been on the minds of many in Camden City, including the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) which has made concerted efforts to provide more resources for community members. Last year, the CCPD sent 40 or so cadets to take part in the inaugural 5K at the Rutgers Camden campus. 

“Maybe we’ll get another surprise this year,” joked Onkar. 

This year’s 5K will be held at Wiggins Waterfront Park (Riverside Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard). To register, which can be done as late as 10 minutes before race time at 9 a.m., click here. Attendees should wear face masks and observe social distancing guidelines while onsite. 

For more information on Saturday's event and future Seeds of Hope events visit www.seedsofhopeministries.org.

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