LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This April, southland communities and businesses are lacing up to support the annual Walk for Kids, which helps raise funds for the life changing services and programs provided to seriously-ill kids and their families by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC). The family-friendly 5k (3.1 miles) pledge event raises awareness and funds to help RMHCSC provide families with the stability and vital resources they need to focus on what's most important – their seriously-ill child.
"Over the years we've seen Walk for Kids evolve into a powerful, community-driven effort that has helped raise funds for our programs," said Vince Bryson, chief executive officer, RMHCSC. "Last year, thousands of participants representing hundreds of spirited teams stepped up to raise more than $2 million. We wouldn't be able to provide the support families need during difficult times without the help of our corporate and individual supporters and we hope to see even more people come out to join us for this year's walk."
Walk for Kids 2016 will kick-off on April 3rd with four events taking place at: Exposition Park in Los Angeles, Honda Center in Anaheim, Central Park in Pasadena, and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Two additional Walk for Kids events will take place at Shoreline Park in Long Beach on Sunday, April 24th, and the California Living Museum in Bakersfield on Saturday, June 4th.
From March 21st – April 8th, McDonald's customers in Southern California can also support Walk for Kids by visiting a participating McDonald's restaurant and purchasing a "Big Red Shoe" for $1. The iconic paper shoes will then be displayed with the donor's name in a designated area of the restaurant. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the shoe sales will directly benefit RMHCSC programs.
To learn more about Walk for Kids or to raise funds and show support for individuals and groups, visit www.walkforkids.org or follow the conversation on social media using #WalkforKids.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California
For more than 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC) has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and families across Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. RMHCSC helps families with critically-ill children stay together, connecting them with others facing similar challenges through its six Ronald McDonald Houses® in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. One of the few chapters to operate a cost-free, medically supervised Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times®, RMHCSC helps children with cancer and their siblings rediscover childhood and develop the self-esteem and self-efficacy often lost as a result of the disease. The organization also provides funding through its Community Grants Board to deserving non-profits that improve the lives of children and funds four college scholarship programs that help exemplary high school students pursue the education of their dreams. More information about RMHCSC and its programs can be found at www.rmhcsc.org or on www.Facebook.com/RMHCSoCal and @RMHC_SoCal.
Sarah Stanley Sarah.Stanley@porternovelli.com
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SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California