Run raises money for orphanges

On Sept. 28, 50 runners and walkers alike laced their shoestrings for the Scott Middleton Light Up the Night 5K Family Fun Run to raise funds to bring light to orphanages in Cambodia, Tanzania and Cameroon.

New Vision Renewable Energy in Philippi partnered with Archer’s Tavern and Stone House Tavern in Waynesville, Ohio to host the race. New Vision’s solar powered lights (the very ones that will be donated to the orphanages) provided lighting for the nighttime event. The lights were spaced every one quarter mile and held by New Vision’s Community U youth mentoring group.

The race was hosted in memory of Scott Middleton, an Ohio native who was dedicated to bringing clean light to the children of the world. He believed in New Vision’s cause of teaching people to help themselves and enjoyed helping others. Middleton passed away unexpectedly last October. New Vision created the Scott Middleton Light and Life Fund in his honor to continue to donate lights to families in Kenya.

New Vision saw this fundraiser as a community service learning opportunity for their youth. Many of the youth who traveled to Ohio to assist with the race had helped assemble lights donated to families in Machakos, Kenya over the summer months. The youth were able to experience the brightness of the lights in solid darkness for the first time, just as the recipients in underdeveloped countries will.

The orphanages are part of the 1.3 billion people in the world who live without electricity.

They are currently lighting their facilities with kerosene lanterns which produce harmful fumes that impacts the respiratory system.

New Vision Renewable Energy is a Christian Community Development organization dedicated to bringing light to the world. For more information about how you or your business/organization can sponsor a light or donate in a loved one’s honor, please call 304-457-2971 or visit