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US Airmen US Airmen take part in the run-a-thon for Charity. US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog

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US Airmen at RAF Lakenheath Raise Money in Annual Run-A-Thon

The run-a-thon was part of the Operation Warm Heart Charity initiative

Published on August 20, 2019

74 US Airmen took part in an RAF Lakenheath hosted run-a-thon earlier this month, in aid of Operation Warm Heart (OWH), a non-profit organization through the First Sergeant Council that provides emergency funds and relief for Airmen.

The run, which took place on August 2, saw runners completing laps for donations ​that will provide emergency funds for Airmen in difficult situations. OWH helps to take care of Airmen in need, or simply as a good deed. So far, the Operation has raised $11,000, with funds being used for a variety of initiatives including gift baskets for Thanksgiving meals and gifts for the Angel Tree during the holidays. OWH also supports Airmen during financial constraints, providing financial assistance at no cost to the member and no recoupment.

Discussing the run, Senior Master Sergeant Alejandro Gonzalez, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, said "We need to have these events, preferably quarterly as a way to get out from the office and network. The run-a-thon helps people connect and come together for a great cause." Explaining how the run works, Sergeant Gonzalez said "We do the run-a-thon once a year, and this is our biggest fundraising event ... The run is five hours long. Each runner has sponsors that have pledged to donate money either based on per lap, per mile, or a flat rate".

Reflecting on the run's importance to OWH, Senior Airman Tynesha Johnson, 48th Communications Squadron client systems technician added that "I can definitely feel the impact that Operation Warm Heart has ... It feels wonderful to participate in this event because it's for a good cause. Eventually someone will benefit from it, and that's the ultimate goal."

Congratulations to all the runners who took part in this year's run-a-thon for a great cause to support fellow Airmen!


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