Runners and walkers raise money for Ronald McDonald House

Runners and walkers raise money for Ronald McDonald House

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A little rain and wind didn't stop all these folks, some sporting clown noses, from racing around Downtown Augusta for a charitable cause.

"I like doing 5Ks," said Kendra Mayle, who was walking the race. "They're good for charity, and they usually benefit something."

That something is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. The organization's development director Sean Frantom was on hand to cheer the runners on.

"It's very important," said Frantom. "Not only for us to create awareness, but also the operating costs of the house. We serve over 600 families each year."

I also caught Ronald McDonald's self-proclaimed "cousin" clowning around.

"I'm with Ringling Brothers circus, the Greatest Show on Earth, which is coming here to the James Brown Arena, and we just want to come out here for a great cause," said J-Man the clown.

Frantom said events like this are so important because with the help of J-Man and others, it makes accomplishing their mission a little bit easier.

"We are a home away from home for families of sick and injured children that stay at area hospitals," he said. "As long as their children are receiving treatment, they can stay at the Ronald McDonald House."

Officials said the race will hopefully raise as much as $5000 today; all of it will go right back into day to day operations at the Ronald McDonald House.