FODAC Reformats Annual Run Walk ‘n’ Roll as Virtual Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press contact: Lizbeth Dison
Virtual RWnR Will Raise Funds on May 9 with Anywhere Participation
Tucker GA – (13 April 2020) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in home medical equipment (HME) and supplies to those living with disability, has announced a reformatting of its 20th Annual Run Walk ‘n’ Roll (RWnR) into a virtual event. In one of FODAC’s main fundraisers, participants will this year run, walk, or roll at a place of their choosing, away from the crowds on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
“COVID-19 has forced all of us to adjust our lives while we attempt to slow the spread of the virus and spare a healthcare system that is already stretched thin,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “Changing our annual Run Walk ‘n’ Roll to a virtual event allows our supporters to help our mission while giving them a needed break from their housebound routines.”
FODAC’s goal is to raise $20,000 through the Virtual RWnR; 100% of funds raised will provide home medical equipment (HME) at little or no cost to people with disabilities, and donations are tax deductible. Participation in the event is easy.
- For as little as $35, participants can register for the 2020 RWnR at fodac.org/run. Indicate that your donation is for Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll in the drop down field when making your gift.
- Make your plan for how you want to exercise on May 9. On the day of the virtual event, share videos and pictures of the fun during your run, walk, and roll. Make sure you tag FODAC on your posts and hashtag #FODACRWnR. FODAC will share posts on its social media feeds.
- Encourage others to donate in honor of your participation in the 2020 RWnR. Registrants will receive details on how you can raise awareness and raise funds for people with disabilities. The participant who raises the most money for FODAC will receive a prize and a special shout out on FODAC social media.
FODAC is a nonprofit organization that fills a unique role: it provides HME such as wheelchairs, power chairs, walkers, patient lifts and hospital beds at little or no cost to people with disabilities and their families, seeking to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have any type of mobility impairment, either temporary or permanent. Most of FODAC’s HME is collected through donations of used equipment which the organization cleans, repairs and reissues to those in need. Last year, FODAC provided over 8,500 HME items for clients in need. This year, FODAC has also been heavily involved with distributing personal protective gear (PPG) and medical equipment like respirators to healthcare facilities throughout Georgia, partnering with Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) in the fight again COVID-19.
Sponsors for RWnR include Stone Mountain Park, Combined Services, Kids ‘R’ Kids, Emory Alliance Credit Union, Marathon Financial Strategies, Strickland & Schwartz LLC, VGM Group, Fulton County Government Department of Community Development, and DeKalb County Government Human Services Department.
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For over thirty years, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) has helped people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 400 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less, and was recently awarded for the second year the Gold Seal of Transparency by Charity Navigator.
In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state. FODAC joined National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) in 2019, bringing to the organization much-needed expertise and experience in the area of disaster recovery for the disabled community.
In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.