Running for brighter smiles

Samantha Hawkins organizes 5K for Operation Smile.
Aug. 02, 2013 @ 05:06 AM

Children around the world will have brighter smiles after an upcoming 5K at South Mountain Christian Camp (SMCC).

Samantha Hawkins, a rising senior at R-S Central High School, is holding a Brighter Smiles 5K at the camp on Saturday, Aug. 10. All of the proceeds from the race will go straight to Operation Smile, a worldwide children's charity organization that helps treat facial deformities like cleft lips and palates.

Hawkins is holding the race as part of her senior project.

"I knew for a fact that I wanted to make a difference in someone's life, even if it was just one person. So I started looking up different causes online," Hawkins said. "When I found Operation Smile and read how the doctors volunteer and take time out of their schedule, that really touched me. I knew I wanted to support them by sending them money."

Hawkins, who is also a junior camp counselor at SMCC, decided that she wanted to have a 5K because she saw it as a win-win situation.

"One of the big things today is people want to lose weight and get healthy, you see all kinds of stuff drawing people in to that," Hawkins said. "i figured this way they could run for a good cause, since the money is going to help save kids' lives, and their getting healthy."

Hawkins will be giving awards to the top three overall racers and the first 60 people that register will receive a t-shirt. Pre-registration is $20. Registration the day of the race is $25.

"I know, without a doubt, that the money is going towards the kids and the supplies," Hawkins said. "It's all for them."

For more information or to sign up to run in the 5K, visit Brighter Smiles 5k Trail Run on Facebook or call 828-447-5652. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m. that Saturday, with registration 7:30-8:45 a.m.

For more information about Operation Smile visit