Woody’s House of Hope

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Walkathon to benefit young girls

The “It Takes a Village” Charity Event will take place at the Coronado Equestrian Club on Sunday, April 13, starting at 3:30 p.m. The event is a walkathon. It benefits Woody’s House of Hope, a transitional home for orphaned girls who are working on their education. Because the girls are over 17 years of age, they are no longer covered by the orphanage system. They must apply to live in the home and be enrolled in school.

Marie Claire teaches girls how to crochet at the House of Hope.

Marie Claire teaches girls how to crochet at the House of Hope.

The charity was started by Marie Claire Beauvil, a native of Haiti who is a teacher at 5-Star Academy, a school in Santa Clara. Marie Claire, a graduate from Trinity College in Miami, has been working as a missionary in Panama since 2009. She assists children in rural communities locally and travels each year to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to “show God’s love to everybody she comes in contact with.”

Woody’s House of Hope bears the name of the former owner of Woody’s Bar in Farallón. Werner “Woody” Woods was a Canadian expat who, along with his wife Monique, would bus the children to his restaurant to treat them to any meal they wished and to enjoy a day at the beach. Inspired by his dedication to the girls, Marie Claire named the charity after him upon his death.

The “It Takes a Village” event features a 1 km distance for kids and both a 5 km and 10 km distance for adults. The cost is $25 per adult and $10 per child. A silent auction will also take place. All of the proceeds will benefit the Jesus Loves Me (JLM) Woody’s House of Hope. To register online, visit www.panama1925.com. Registrations can also be made in person at the offices of United Country Coastal, located in the Riba Smith shopping center in Coronado, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Race kits will be distributed and the first 150 registrants will receive a t-shirt.

For more information on the event, please contact 6105-5712 or write ittakesavillagepanama@gmail.com.

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