Jordan’s Walk scheduled for Saturday
Friday, September 27, 2013
BROOKLINE – The annual Jordan’s Walk for Wishes Dash for Dreams will be held this Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Richard Maghakian Memorial School on Route 130, Brookline.
Named for Jordan Coffey, a RMMS student who died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 14, the event is a fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. For Jordan’s wish, the Coffey family went to Disney World in February 2005, a bright spot in the middle of months of medical treatments.
The event features a race and walk on a 5K course through the middle of Brookline, as well as a barbecue, massages and raffles. New this year is a Taste of the Area, featuring samples from local restaurants, bakeries and delis. The Taste is free and open to the public.
“There’s been a lot of interest in town for the event,” said David Coffey, Jordan’s father and event organizer. “We added the Taste so that if someone is interested but not walking, they still can come and enjoy themselves.”
As of press time, the following businesses have been confirmed for the Taste: Foodees, Chrysanthis, Val’s, Hollis Country Kitchen, Bailey’s Bar and Grill and The Cozy Tea Cart.
Registration for runners is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. Walkers are expected to collect at least $50 in pledges. There is also a category for “sleepwalkers,” those who can’t attend but would like to collect pledges. Same-day registration begins at noon, Saturday, with the race kicking off at 2 p.m., followed by the walkers.
“It’s a fast 5K with no hills, and it’s gentle for walkers,” Coffey said. “My mother’s 85 this year; she walked last year and is walking again this year.”
All registrants receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag. Prizes are awarded for fastest time in various age categories, as well as individuals/teams who collect the most pledges.
Jordan’s Walk has been held every year since 2006, and Coffey said the goal is to raise at least $10,000 for Make-a-Wish at each event. During the past six years, the walk has contributed more than $100,000.
In addition to the registration fees, pledges and donations, money is raised from raffles. Classes at Hollis Brookline Middle School assemble unique gift baskets for the raffle as part of a community service project.
Go to www.jordanswalk.org for additional information or to register or donate.