Sweat Equity Challenge helps fund Habitat for Humanity

Sonny Long

Oct. 7, 2010 at 5:07 a.m.

Riverside Park is the place to be Saturday if you want to have fun, get some exercise and help a good cause.

At the Habitat for Humanity 2010 Sweat Equity Challenge, participants from athletes to couch potatoes have a variety of events to choose from.

For individual athletes, the event offers competitive runs to fun walks, bike and kayak races, and an obstacle course. For teams, the day includes volleyball, kickball, softball and dodge ball tournaments.

The less athletically inclined can take part in a couch potato race, disc golf tournament or washer toss tournament, as well as cook offs for fajitas, ribs, beans, pies and cobblers.

Other events include archery and a free Lions Club children's fishing tournament.

Entry fees vary for each event.

"Sweat Equity Challenge was designed to build community awareness of how our families work a minimum of 300 hours building their home or a neighbor's home, rather than make the standard three or five percent down payment toward the purchase of their home," said Cynthia Staley, Habitat executive director. "This year's Sweat Equity Challenge is an opportunity for people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds to participate in an event that supports an organization that benefits the entire community."

Habitat for Humanity, Victoria is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that builds quality, low-cost homes in partnership with low income families and the Victoria community.

The Victoria chapter of Habitat for Humanity was chartered in 1994 and dedicated its first house in 1996. It has built more than 70 houses since then.



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