Chicago is known for having a great philanthropy heart, many associations have been created in order to help research and many events to raise funds are held in the city. Chicago has been helpful in multiple causes, from education to human services, arts, and health. Yosef Meystel has a great article about facts you didn’t know about philanthropy in Chicago if you want to know more and how to get involved.
The year is ending, and if you haven’t gotten involved in causes that interest you, here is a great list of events to come during October. In this article, we have searched for all of those events that raise money and also move you, literally move you, since they are all walks and marathons. There are events for all kinds of movements, from defending animals, diabetes, to make a wish come true for a child, to the breast cancer battle.
Year by year United States becomes more active in this kind of events, people feel it’s a way of giving hope and support to others who have faced challenging moments. People see this as a way of raising awareness for causes that affect our country. Chicagoans are known for helping out not just in awareness but when actual tragedies have affected communities, they are very engaged in helping and in identifying with the victims. Everyone is invited if you are visiting schedule for one of these walks and exercises for a cause!
1 . Chicago walk for farm animals Day-off: October 1st
On October 1st you are invited to the 2016 walk for a farm animals fun run, it will start near Belmont Harbor, you can come with your family, friends, coworkers and even invite your neighbors. It is a 2-mile walk or runs if that is what you like, along the Chicago lakefront. The ceremony will be led by Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary Co-founder and President, at 8:45 a.m., however, registration will start at 7:45 a.m.
The Farm Sanctuary Organization began with Hilda a sheep that was left apart for being too sick to even walk when she came to the Farm Sanctuary she was cured and lived a happy and healthy life, after Hilda came a great number of farm animals who were saved from horrible living conditions. Since then, they have committed to stopping animal abuse and suffering.
After the walk, you can also join the eighth annual Chicago VeganMania with some great presentations about compassionate living.
2 . DMK 3rd annual SORTA marathon: October 8th
This Saturday, October 8th, (yes the day before the Chicago Marathon, that BIG event held year by year, filled with talented athletes) for a 3 years in a row the DMK’s SORTA MARATHON which was created for those who feel can´t do the Big marathon but would love to go out, enjoy the walk or run and feel they are part of something, will be held and you are invited. All funds will go to the A Special Wish Chicago a non-profit organization that will help make a local child’s wish come true. It´s only $25 and it includes a t-shirt and sunglasses. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. It will begin at DMK Burger and finish at Henry’s in Hubbard St. Just to get you motivated last year they raised over $2.000, this year they want to double that at least, so invite friends and family and go and have a great time!
3 . The bank of America marathon: October 9th
Now if you’re a motivated athlete, The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the perfect one for you. This marathon hosts thousands of runners who choose to make a difference by running on behalf of a charity, non-profit organization or a great cause whatsoever. In 2015, more than 170 local, national and even global causes, got the chance to have over 10,000 runners represent them and raise funds to help with research, awareness, and support of a cause.
Some of the known organizations that are accepting volunteers to support the cause during the Chicago Marathon are the Advocate Health Care, American Red Cross, Chicago Parks Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
4 . 2016 Step out walk to stop diabetes: October 15th
Help stop diabetes with the step out walk on October 15th. If you want to support type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, come and walk with your friends, family, neighbors or coworkers, all can come and show their support. It will be held in Montrose Harbor with FREE parking and beautiful lakefront views. You can choose for a 1 mile or a 3-mile walk. There will also be activities for kids, awareness and educational opportunities, live-music, giveaways and much more!
5. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k: October 22nd
Finally, there is the walk against Breast cancer, The American Cancer Society, has raised awareness and funds with this powerful walk, last year they raised about $700,000 and had over 10,000 runners. You can form a team, walk with friends, on your own, invite family, all are invited to stride on for breast cancer awareness. You can register for free!