The Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GCDHH) is excited to have our 2nd annual virtual race of the Follow the Sign 5K that will be taking place during the National Deaf Awareness Week between Monday, September 19th and Sunday, September 25th, 2022.
“Follow the Sign” is a concept created by a team of Deaf and Hard of Hearing members to represent the language and cultural diversity. We are dedicated to raise funds toward the betterment of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing lives. The "Follow the Sign Campaign" raises awareness about the uniqueness of sign language, communication, and accessibility.
The Follow the Sign 5K allows participants the option to walk, run, or hike anytime during the National Deaf Awareness Week! whenever and wherever fits best for them. Even though the race is virtual, knowing that there is an entire community of others participating in the event, is motivation to “Follow the Sign” and have fun!
While participation in the event doesn’t stop with either walking, running, or hiking, GCDHH is also looking for donors that will help us reach our financial goals. We are asking organizations and individuals to help make a difference in our community by contributing to this superb event! Last year we had over 50 individuals from all over the country participating; raising over $8,000 and meeting our 500 miles goal.
This year we are challenging participants to meet our financial goal of $15,000 and fitness goal of 750 miles. With donations, your advertisement will be featured throughout the event and your support will be acknowledged in our monthly newsletters. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards the betterment of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community as GCDHH continues to raise awareness about the uniqueness of sign language, communication, and accessibility throughout the state of Georgia.
COMPLETED: 215 miles
TARGET: 750 miles
RAISED: $ 2,720
TARGET: $ 15,000
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Donated funds will be given back to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) community supporting low-income consumers, helping them achieve their goals toward better living and independence. Additionally, raised funds will sponsor D/HH children from low-income families to enroll in our Camp Juliena, which is a week-long summer residence where they can engage in various, signed camp activities. For more information about our other extracurricular activities/events or to donate, visit www.gcdhh.org.
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