Go for Bo! is an Ebenezer UMC mission event that grew from the idea of having a fun, healthy, yet challenging community event to support the Child Rescue Center and Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, Africa. The Republic of Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa bordered by Guinea, Liberia and the Atlantic Ocean. Bo is a town located in the Southern Province, with an estimated population of over 500,000. Sierra Leone is known for mining and exporting diamonds, but struggles to manage exploitation and export in the diamond trade. Although the country holds great wealth, there is also extreme poverty. These factors have contributed to a situation in which child trafficking and public health are major problems. That's where we come in!
Through our first three Go for Bo! events, over 800 runners and numerous local sponsors we have helped raise over $25,000 of direct financial aid to Helping Children Worldwide (HCW). Since 1999, HCW and selected United Methodist Churches have been rescuing children, and since 2007 they have been providing health care services through Mercy Hospital.
Thank you for being such a supportive congregation!
Go for Bo! is an annual 5K/1-Mile Fun Run/Tot Dash that raises money and awareness of Ebenezer's partnership with Helping Children Worldwide. HCW works hand in hand with our partnership churches to transform the lives of children in Sierra Leone.
Our next Go for Bo! run will be October 11, 2014. Stay tuned for more information.
To learn more about our work in Sierra Leone, visit helpingchildrenworldwide.org.