Loganbill takes part in MCC’s virtual Run for Relief

By Randy Fogg

NEWS-LEDGER

MOUNDRIDGE–Taking part in the Mennonite Central Committee’s Run for Relief is a win-win situation for Karen Loganbill, a rural Moundridge resident.

“I can help myself and others at the same time,” Loganbill said.

For the last 10-12 years, Loganbill has been taking part in the annual event, which is part of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale and it had to be canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. KMRS officials decided to make the run a virtual event. Participants were encouraged to go ahead and enter the event and seek out sponsors.

Loganbill said she learned 110 people took part in the virtual event, which was held Saturday, April 18.

“I didn’t know they were doing the virtual run until two or three weeks ago,” Loganbill said. “I didn’t have much time to raise money. I was to get my family and friends to sponsor me.”

Loganbill was able to raise $5,000 for MCC.

“That was pretty good,” she added.

She went ahead and ran 5-kilometers on her own. She said using her car, she was able to formulate a 3.1-mile course. Loganbill completed the race in 31 minutes, 22 seconds.

When she first started entering the event, she would jog, run and walk to complete the course. Three years ago, she decided she would rather jog or run the 5 kilometers and not have to walk part of it.

She is now running three times a week. She said she had someone ask her why she was out running.

“I run because I can,” Loganbill said. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. It makes me feel better to be in shape.”

While she did not grow up as a Mennonite or is currently a member of a Mennonite church, Loganbill noted MCC helps people to improve themselves.

“Mennonite Central Committee lives out the love of Christ,” Loganbill said. “It’s easy to profess your love for Christ; it’s totally something else to love others as Christ love.

“MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice,” she continued. “I appreciate how MCC cares for the most vulnerable people by providing water, food, shelter and health care for those in need due to disaster, climate change, conflict or injustice; by educating and helping people generate income for the future; and by partnering with local people worldwide for peace and justice.”

Last year, she ran the event in memory of her mother-in-law, Shirley Loganbill.

“She was a strong advocate for mental health,” she noted.

Loganbill was successfully able to reach her goal of raising 1 percent of MCC’s budget for mental health. She ended up with $6,600 in donations and she was recognized for her efforts.

With the COVID-19 crisis, Loganbill said she was “really concerned” about MCC.

“This disease has and will continue to increase the needs of the most vulnerable across the globe while at the same time creating economic difficulties for MCC’s contributors,” she said. “Relief sales across the U.S. have been canceled.”

Individuals can learn more about MCC and make a donation at www.mcc.org.

Loganbill said she was not slowing down anytime soon and would keep taking part in the Run for Relief.