In a firehouse turned coffee shop, four brothers met. A group of young men filled with determination and of tested mettle sat across each other. If fortune favors the bold, then fortune smiled upon us that day and each day we’ve met thus far.

What brought these brothers together? The answer is simple: a genuine concern for others and a willingness to learn what needed to be done to accomplish what we had in mind. Our collective vision is to raise $10,000 to work with Kentucky Refugee Ministires in supporting the needs of four Syrian refugee families who have been resettled here in Louisville. Our concern for those less fortunate than we is what motivates us to learn about the process, procedure, and art of creating a charity 5k race.

Since 2011, Syria and its people have experienced terrible calamities. Our media sources are saturated with images that depict senseless violence and express immense despair. Nonetheless, intimacy with such a tragedy is difficult to develop; spatial isolation has diminished our capacity to truly aid those in need. Moreover, it is hard to conceptualize how the ramifications of this distant war manifests in our local community. Thus, we are led to believe that we are helpless. However, with cooperative effort, this notion will be proven to be fallacious.

This endeavor cannot be successful without your active participation. Indeed, compassion without praxis bears no fruit. It is only through you that our cooperative effort will materialize.

Individuals who would like to make a cash donation can make their check payable to the Community Foundation of Louisville and write Sweat4Syria in the memo line, and mail the check to:

Community Foundation of Louisville
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Individuals who would like to make a stock gift can contact Controller James Hill at or 502-855-6949 for stock transfer instructions.
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