Fundraiser honoring MLK set

Published 12:40 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, with other area nonprofits, will hold a community support program at the Prince Edward County High School track.

The event is set to begin Saturday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to set a goal, such as how many laps or miles they will run, and run on the track during the day Saturday.

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Participants are asked to bring their own water.

Those involved can also create a Facebook fundraiser to benefit an area nonprofit organization. According to an announcement from Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, participants can select the menu icon, and then select “fundraiser” on their mobile phones. On desktop, people can select “create” along the top menu and then select “fundraiser.”

Once people create the fundraisers, they are encouraged to post them on the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity event page at

The fundraiser represents a wider goal by Habitat and several community organizations to create a Beloved Community, a term popularized by King to create an environment without poverty or division.

According to a release from Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia identifies the Beloved Community as “a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.”

“We believe we are likewise called to help build the Beloved Community here locally as we serve those in need of safe, decent, affordable housing,” the Habitat release cited.