Whimsical village to open Dec. 8 for Give Kids The World annual Challenge For Hope 5K Run

On Dec. 8, the public will have an opportunity to see inside GKTW during its annual Challenge For Hope 5K Run from 7 to 9 a.m.

There’s excitement in the air as Give Kids The World Village prepares to open its gates.

On Dec. 8, the public will have an opportunity to see inside GKTW during its annual Challenge For Hope 5K Run from 7 to 9 a.m.

Families, wish family alumni, volunteers and the public can walk, run, roll or stroll along a 5K course, while being immersed in the wonder, happiness and hope that happens every day in the village, according to a press release. A highlight of the event is the opportunity to experience the seven themed nights of entertainment and characters that families enjoy during their wish trips. Those registered for the Challenge For Hope 5K will be cheered on by village guests, along with wish families who have stayed in the past and are coming back in support with fond memories.

“We love that all kinds of groups in Central Florida are making the Challenge For Hope an annual tradition,” said Pamela Landwirth, president & CEO of Give Kids The World. “This is such a special event for us, because it gives people a chance to experience the Village – to really see what we do and connect with our mission. We’re so grateful to everyone who comes out. What makes this particular event so special for us is that it allows us to share our mission and our hope right here with the community where we reside, and beyond.”

Residing in Kissimmee, this magical resort can be a mystery to Floridians who have heard of, but never had the chance to see the fairytale village where wishes come true. It’s the magic that provides weeklong, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from all over the world.

General registration for the Challenge For Hope 5K is $35 per person online at www.ChallengeForHope.org or $50 per person on event day. Children 5 years and under are free.

Safe and comfortable costumes are welcome. Free off-site parking with shuttle service will be provided at Plaza Del Sol, 3831 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, and at Medieval Times, 4510 St., Kissimmee, starting at 5 a.m. Strollers and wheelchairs acceptable. Bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs are not permitted. Registration opens onsite from 6 to 7 a.m. Shuttles return to parking lot 9 to 10 a.m.

For more information on Challenge For Hope, contact Omar Elkalyoubie at Omare@gktw.org or 407-396-1114, Ext. 4540.