Network of Victim Assistance’s 2nd Annual 5-mile NO BULLying Run and 1-mile Fun Run, sponsored by First Federal of Bucks County, are set for Saturday, June 14, at Doylestown Township’s Central Park. NOVA’s goal is to grab attention for the effects and consequences of bullying on our young people and our communities, as well as to raise funds to combat bullying through community prevention education initiatives.
The morning event, for runners as well as families, includes kid-friendly activities and live entertainment. The Fun Run sets off at 8:00am; the 5-mile race begins at 8:30am. Following the race are an awards ceremony and raffle drawings.
Register for either run at
http://www.active.com/doylestown-pa/running/distance-running-races/nova-no-bullying-5-mile-race-1-mi... or starting at 7:30am on race day. Through June 9, fees for the 5-mile race are $25/person for individuals, $20/person for teams of 5 or more, and the 1-mile Fun Run is $10/person. After June 9, all fees increase $5. All 5-mile runners receive a race t-shirt. For more information: NoBullRun@NOVABucks.org or 215.343.6543.
“Don’t think of bullying as simply a harmless action that is just part of the growing-up process – it’s not,” says Mandy Mundy, director of education and training at NOVA. “Together we want to make a statement that every person deserves to feel safe and happy, and that bullying will not be tolerated.”
Occurring simultaneously with the 5-mile race and Fun Run are a host of family-inclusive activities that promote respect and healthy self-esteem. Festivities include kid-friendly activities, a moon bounce, face painters, live entertainment, raffles, silent auctions and much more.
Proceeds from the event benefit NOVA’s Prevention Education initiatives, which deliver school-age programs on bullying prevention and intervention in local schools. For more than two decades, NOVA has focused a large part of its violence prevention education, workshops, assertiveness training, counseling, advocacy, referrals and support toward putting a halt to bullying and helping bullying victims heal.
“In order to end bullying, we believe an entire community must work together to develop a solution,” says Mundy. “By uniting, engaging and educating teachers, parents, students and professionals in the community to prevent bullying, we are making an impact.”
The National Education Association reports that about 160,000 children miss school every day because they are afraid of being bullied, 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school, and 43 percent of youth report that they have experienced some form of cyber bullying in the last year.