More than $11,000 was raised for the Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) Meals on Wheels program that serves older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout 23 communities in greater Plymouth County.
OCES held their third annual “Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels” 5K Road Race/Walk on April 29, 2018 at Silver Lake Regional Middle School in Kingston. The nonprofit agency nearly doubled the funds that were raised from last year’s race in support of their vital Meals on Wheels program, which is part of their Nutrition Program.
Race participants braved a few early morning showers which cleared by the end of the event. They were treated to snacks, a swag bag filled with items, and cupcakes in celebration of OCES’ 44thanniversary.
OCES delivers 1,600 nutritious meals a day to recipients in their Southeastern Massachusetts service area. These Meals on Wheels are planned by a nutritionist, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, are delivered either to individual homes or to Community Dining Sites.
The overall winner of the race was 13-year-old Cole Guiliani of Plymouth with a time of 21:17:97. Best time for a runner, female, was Jenny Raymond of Kingston at 27:30:65. Awards were presented that included overall first, second and third male and female runners as well as first place male and female in the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. The full race results can be found at http://www.coolrunning.com/results/…/Apr29_3rdAnn_set1.shtml
A prize was offered to the child whose costume best represented the Meals on Wheels program. Anna Fasci, chef in the making, was awarded first place and will receive a gift basket generously donated by Melissa Merritt, a Travel Specialist at Mickey Adventures.
OCES would like to thank the following 5K sponsors: MountainOne Bank, Lindley Food Services, BMC Health Net Plan/Well Sense Health Plan, National Grid, Senior Whole Health, Home Health Resources, Inc., AbbottCare, Greater Boston Home Health Care Services, Citrin Cooperman, Geriatric Home Health Care, S&M Transportation, Anodyne Homemaker Services, South Shore Bank, Paula M.P. Schlosser, Esq., Best of Care, Brockton Adult Day Health/The Mentor Network, South Shore Community Action Council, and Old Colony Hospice. In addition, Sullivan Tire and Mickey Adventures provided prizes for the event.
“We are so grateful for all our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for supporting our 5K and Meals on Wheels,” said Christine McLaren, OCES’ Community Programs Director. “In Massachusetts alone, this cost-effective program serves more than 75,000 older adults who otherwise may go without a nutritious meal. We are delighted with the turnout, and will see you for our fourth annual 5K on April 28, 2019.”
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.