Fifth graders from North Mianus School in Riverside are hosting their fourth annual dog walk at Tod’s Point to raise money and awareness for the CHAMPS organization.
CHAMPS, The Children Against Mines Program, is a student-lead program of The Marshall Legacy Institute, a non-profit, international organization.
Last year, more than 5,000 people were hurt or killed by landmines, according to the Marshall Legacy Institute. The non-profit provides Mine Detection Dogs, management training, and education to save and improve the lives of people and animals in war-torn countries. The dogs are trained dogs to sniff out landmines for safe removal.
This is the fourth year North Mianus students have organized a dog walk to raise money for CHAMPS. Students were motivated to help CHAMPS after reading articles during a reading unit about innocent children who were injured or even killed due to landmines. Their fundraising work over the past 3 years has resulted in the funding of “Hawk”, a mine detection dog currently serving in Iraq. The cost of acquiring, training, and delivering a certified mine detection dog to a contaminated country is approximately $20,000.
The walk will be on Sunday morning, March 22nd, from 9:00 – 12:00 at Tod’s Point. Community members are encouraged to attend the walk, rain or shine, and stroll around the two mile trail learning facts about landmines and mine detection dogs.
There will also be games for children. There is a suggested donation of $10. If community members would like to help support CHAMPS, but are unable to attend the walk, checks (made out to the Marshall Legacy Institute) or cash can be delivered to North Mianus School.