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Takeaway Wednesday: Supporting Urban Chickens!


Today’s post is about a unique organization promoting active living, friendship, and charity: Urban Chicken Race!

Spread the word: Urban Chicken races will be held in Tampa on June 7. The Urban Chicken Race was co-founded by current lay missioner Valerie Ellis. Franciscan Mission Service is considered an international charity partner and receive proceeds from the raffle.

So, what exactly is it? An urban scavenger hunt! Here’s an introduction:

Urban Chicken Race has different “editions” with unique themes for each race. Also, Urban Chicken Race supports local business owners, including restaurants, bars, retail shops, artists, and food trucks, to name a few.

Urban Chicken Race is committed to giving back locally, nationally, and internationally by supporting two charities at each event.

Valerie served for two years (2014-2015) in Cochabamba, Bolivia working with CUBE (Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza) to raise sexual violence awareness and prevention, and in CEV (Comunidad Educativa Para La Vida) teaching and nurturing children six months to 8-years-old. Valerie grew up outside of Wichita, Kansas and graduated from The University of Tampa. She found her way to Franciscan Mission Service after 12 years of working in higher education where she worked with international students and designed and taught a class called "Avoiding Violence: Be A Part of the Solution."