The Duncan Banner

July 24, 2013

Runners to take on darkness at 5K race

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Working with the She is Safe Advocacy Team to help give women around the world the freedom they’ve never had, Duncan’s DeAnna Sanders tries every day to drive out the darkness in peoples’ lives.

But she’ll be driving it out in a more literal sense when the team hosts its first ever “Run From the Dark” 5K Run/Walk Friday night at the west parking lot of Duncan Regional Hospital.

Starting at 9 p.m., Duncan’s lone night 5K Run will be held to raise awareness and funds for She is Safe, which works to liberate women from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the globe.

“Right now we have 69 runners scheduled to particpate, it’s been exciting to see the community’s response to us starting the event,” Sanders said. “I’m pretty pleased overall. We’re trying to help people get out of a dark place, so we thought it would be a good twist to have a night time run.”

About 25-30 volunteers will also attend the run, using flashlights and reflective material to guide the runners on the way. The course will include circling DMS and heading back to the starting line.

The cause She is Safe and Sanders fight is a substantial one. According to the organization’s website, 10-22 million women and girls have been moved as a commodity and forced into slavery for sex, domestic work or other labor. Around the world, 60 percent of the world’s females suffer from physical or sexual violence.

There’s no question Sanders has done her part to help fight those problems. A member of the organization’s Country Director for Indonesia for two years, she has traveled to the country four times.

“It’s different when you see the problems over there up close,” Sanders said. “I’m really happy about the awareness and funding that can come from this event and there has been an outpouring of support from people in the community.