Lake Oswego student runs to combat local hunger
A friendly competition between Lake Oswego High School students to see who could run 24 miles in 24 hours turned into a yearly community fundraising event.
Students Jackson Rigney and Zach Rooney created a fundraiser on GoFundMe.com last year, as a way to raise money for the nonprofit group Respond to Racism. The GoFundMe raised more than $4,000, far exceeding the pair's $300 goal.
Now, Jackson's back to do it again, this time with a different organization benefiting from the event. Funds from this year's event will go to Hunger Fighters Oregon, a food pantry for Lake Oswego residents. A percentage of the total funds will also go to the Oregon Food Bank to combat statewide food insecurity.
The event will take place at the Lake Oswego High School track Saturday, Aug. 21.
Jackson said there are three ways for the community to get involved: donate to the GoFundMe, bring an item to donate to Hunger Fighters or run the last mile with him. Jackson will begin his last mile at 10 a.m., Aug. 21.
Hunger Fighters Oregon will be at the event to collect food and household goods for its pantry. All those interested in donating can bring the following items: paper towels, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, jam or jelly, rice meals, pasta meals and children's masks.
View Jackson's GoFundMe to help combat hunger in Lake Oswego and statewide.
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