Faith in Focus

Faith in Focus: Youth group honors Wakefield student killed in crash

CorrespondentJanuary 7, 2014 

Sadiki Young, a Wakefield High School senior, lost his life as a passenger in a drunk driving accident in 2007.

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Sadiki Young loved music. You could often find him playing his guitar, performing with his band or listening to tunes. As an honor to his passion for music, families and runners will be able to listen to bands play along the race course during the 7th annual “Run for Young” event.

When Young, a Wakefield High School senior, lost his life as a passenger in a drunk driving accident in 2007, Alex Krisulewicz, a fellow teenager, decided to do something to keep Young’s memory alive, as well as helping other teenagers make good choices.

Krisulewicz approached leaders of the Christ Episcopal Church, where both teens were members and acolytes, and the youth group began organizing a 5K run.

“The event is entirely student led, with two youth organizers, as well as all of the volunteers on race day being youth,” said Martha Cox, Youth Ministry Fellow at Christ Episcopal Church and the adult chairwoman of the race. “While most of the students working on the race now didn’t know Sadiki personally, they grasp the greater goal of helping other teens. This is exactly the legacy and message that we want to pass on.”

The main goal of the race is to bring awareness to helping teenagers make good choices about drinking and driving. All of the proceeds of the race are used to help youths in the community.

The church uses a portion of the money to fund its youth ministry program, which provides teens with safe activities and a nurturing environment. Each year, the church also gives grants to two to four local high schools to help fund a safe driving education program, such as bringing a speaker on campus or hosting a re-enactment.

“The race is very family friendly,” Cox said. “While we are set up for competitive racers, we love seeing whole families participate in the event. It’s really a lot of fun and supports a very important cause for our community.”

This year’s race will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, with the start/finish line at Christ Episcopal Church at 120 Edenton St. in Raleigh. Registration for competitive runners is $25 for students and $35 for non-students, while non-competitive runners are $20 for students and $30 for others. Registration is available online or on race day. To register or for more information, visit www.runforyoung.org.

Revive! Respite

Richland Creek Community Church is holding Revive! Respite from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the church at 3229 Burlington Mills Road in Wake Forest.

The event will provide a break for parents of special needs children. Specially-trained volunteers will be on hand to care for the children. There is no charge for the care, and families do not need to attend the church to participate. For more information or to register, email eleanor@richlandcreek.com.

Conundrum concert

Conundrum will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the sanctuary at Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 228 W. Edenton St. in Raleigh.

The ensemble’s repertoire is a balance of newly commissioned works, transcriptions and works featuring different combinations of their unique instrumentation, including soprano, flute, clarinet and piano. The concert is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.esumc.org.

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