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Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is once again gearing up for the much anticipated 8th annual Big Peach 5K Run/Walk for Blood Cancer set for May 4 and sponsored by Nike and Brookhaven-based retailer, Big Peach Running Co. Since 2006, this popular neighborhood event has raised over $107,000 towards the fight against blood cancer. This year's race will feature a new start and finish area at Town Brookhaven to coincide with the future relocation of the Big Peach Running Co. flagship store in March of this year.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Norcross Cooperative Ministry initiative to raise $4.2 million

Norcross Cooperative Ministry initiative to raise $4.2 million

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The Norcross Cooperative Ministry announced a new initiative to raise $4.2 million over the next five years on Friday.

According to NMC Campaign Director John McCrory, Restoring Hope! will help those in need in the greater Norcross area.

Three programs will make up Restoring Hope!, including the goal to transform lives by reducing poverty, distribute emergency housing and non-food needs to families, and educate the community on needs of those living in poverty in Norcross.

Senior Pastor at Perimeter Church, Randy Pope and Jim Ellis, President of the Jim Ellis Automotive Group will serve as co-chairs of the campaign's Leadership Council. According to Ellis, this is an important initiative for NMC at a great time.

Atlanta residents invited to run for Santa... in a Speedo

Atlanta residents invited to run for Santa... in a Speedo

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta is holding the fourth annual Atlanta Santa Speedo Run on Saturday, December 8.

Residents from all over the city are invited to dash down Peachtree Street dressed in Speedo swimwear attire, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The run begins at Hudson Grille, at 942 Peachtree Street. The finish line is at 15th Street.

The run will raise funds for charity during the holidays. For more information, contact Sean Dixon Parker at (404) 313-0498.

22nd AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run Raises $850,000 and Counting

22nd AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run Raises $850,000 and Counting

ATLANTA -- Atlanta’s support for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run has resulted in $850,000 raised and counting. The 2012 AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Sunday, October 21 in Piedmont Park has grown to be the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeast with more than 10,000 participants, including over 1,000 runners. Donations will continue to be accepted through Friday, November 30.

"Donations are still coming in from teams as well as individuals who can give at www.aidswalkatlanta.com,” says Mark B. Rinder, Chairman of the Board of AID Atlanta. “We are on track, based on last year's pace, to achieve our goal of raising $1 Million."