By Kaderin Mills
Ebenezer Baptist Church (EBC), located in Cedar Harbour, held its first annual Fun Run Walk Souse Out, and Mini Health Fair on Labour Day, which fell on Friday, June 1.
Enthusiastic participants gathered at the grounds just as the sun was peeping its eyes over the eastern horizon in anticipation of the starting lineup for the first Walk-Run challenge that was in the form of a competition.
The Walk-Run Challenge course featured three miles and had a total of four categories where medals were awarded to first, second and third place finishers in their respective category. Walkers’ categories included under 12, 13 – 39, and 40 and over.
There was only one category for runners, which was open to all age groups. All participants received a generous bag of fresh fruits and drinking water was distributed ahead of the race. Water was donated by Mr. Gurth Russell.
Immediately after the race and the award ceremony, a free health screening was offered by nurses from North Abaco. This included blood pressure, glucose and iron deficiency testing.
Peterson James, a retired Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officer, gave a very informative and motivational talk on alternative healthy lifestyle practices. Mr. James’ talk touched on the benefits of rosemary, moringa, sea salt, and raw honey.
Throughout the morning, persons patronized the mouth-watering breakfasts that were available for sale in the form of a fundraiser to help with the completion of the new church sanctuary. Meals being offered were stew conch, boil and stew fish and souse chicken, which were all accompanied by tasty Johnny cake.
The church members of EBC were pleased to be able to put on this event that focused on the wellbeing of individuals. It also provided the opportunity for persons to be informed of any health risks and alternative healthy lifestyle practices. EBC is also grateful to persons who donated to this event; they include: Mr. Gurth Russell, Desmond Bootle, Sylvan Edgecombe, and an anonymous donor.