RHBR Helps PSA with Fitness Equipment!


Think your few dollars don’t matter?

Here’s proof we can make a difference in our community and for some very special kids when we get together and run with a purpose.

The first Red Hammer Benefit Run was held April 6 to benefit the Peninsula School for Autism, a non-profit, private day school in Newport News. I set a goal for us to raise $100 and guess what? You did it! You responded!

The school is beyond excited about our support and generous donation. PSA recognizes how important physical education and activity can be for children with autism and has a portion of its curriculum dedicated to it. The school has a PE teacher, Colleen Cherry-Liguria, on staff and she works hard at developing a curriculum to help the kids develop fundamental movement skills, object control skills as well as communication and focus skills, and, oh yeah, have some fun too!

“This is definitely one of their favorite parts of the day,” Cherry-Liguria said. “they get really excited about the activities and with the older kids, we take them to a gym and they do a structured workout. They are so motivated to get there and do that workout every day!”

Currently the school has just four yoga mats for the kids to use and a handful of assorted balls for throwing activities.

Cherry-Liguria and executive director of the school, Sydney Mrowiec decided to use the $100 donation from RHR to create a dedicated fund to purchase equipment and help develop new curriculum. Appropriately the fund will be called the “Adapted Physical Education Curriculum Development Fund.” Wow, that’s a mouthful!

But now when Cherry-Liguria writes up the new fitness plan for the next semester she won’t be as restricted by the lack of equipment to use!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! It is so exciting to already see what a few dollars pooled together can do!

SOOOO, let’s keep it going!

Our next run is Saturday, May 4. This one will be for I Need A Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of teen and young adult depression and suicide.

In March this one became very personal to me when my 20-year-old cousin took his own life. He would have turned 21 in May.

The statistics are staggering. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in those ages 10-24. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease – COMBINED.”

I Need A Lighthouse works hard to educate teenagers and others about mental illness and depression and teaches them the signs to look for in friends and family and how to help.

This is an issue that I bet has touched more people than you realize. Since my cousin took his life we have learned more and more of our friends and neighbors have also been affected by suicide.

Depression is treatable, suicide is not.

Join in on May 4 to help I Need A Lighthouse continue to reach out and educate and save young lives.