2013-09-25 / Front Page

Bird Dog Breakaway

Community turns out to support center’s services for children facing challenges
By Anne Marie Kyzer


A number of children served by the Center for New Beginnings participated in an adaptive race and were awarded medals and trophies for their effort. See page 16 for more photos from the event. A number of children served by the Center for New Beginnings participated in an adaptive race and were awarded medals and trophies for their effort. See page 16 for more photos from the event. Nearly 300 runners helped raise thousands of dollars for children with special needs.

They pounded the pavement at the sixth annual Bird Dog Breakaway 5K last Saturday to benefit the Center for New Beginnings in Waynesboro.

After the main event and a one-mile Derby Dash for kids, the crowd gathered for the highlight of the morning-an adaptive race for children served by the center.

Sarah Ashe, founder and director of the CFNB, said the event raised nearly $14,000, sorely needed funds that will further efforts to provide services to special needs children, whether their parents can afford them or not.

The faith-based non-profit operates on a donation basis, turning no one away and relying mostly on grants and contributions. Some 150 children go there each month on average to receive top-notch therapy, counseling and other services to help them face challenges ranging from Asberger’s Syndrome to autism and developmental delays to Down Syndrome.

Though Ashe said grants go a long way toward paying for the facility’s needs, she stressed that very few grants actually cover salaries for the therapists and other professionals who work with the children.

“We are truly a non-profit. We stay pretty close to budget, and throughout the year it’s these events that allow us to provide the services we do,” she explained.

These events not only fill in the funding gaps, but Ashe said the best part is that they allow supporters a chance to get to know the children they’re helping.

“ The thing I love most about the Bird Dog Breakaway is the way it gives the community a chance to really feel like a part of the center,” she said. “I really love that we have added the adaptive race so they can get to know our kids. For many of the kids, this is a once a year opportunity for them to be involved in something like that.”

Ashe called it a blessing that year after year, despite the tough economy, the event’s fundraising success continues thanks to supporters and sponsors.

“It’s just so appreciated,” she said.

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