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Hope-Fest returns to Victory Fellowship July 13

Annual motorcycle parade and event sends food, aid to Haiti

Enthusiasts peruse a line of motorcycles that had just returned from the inaugural Hope-Fest parade last year. This year marks the return of Victory Fellowship Church of Fulton’s fundraiser, which raises funds to send food and other resources to help Haiti.

Enthusiasts peruse a line of motorcycles that had just returned from the inaugural Hope-Fest parade last year. This year marks the return of Victory Fellowship Church of Fulton’s fundraiser, which raises funds to send food and other resources to help Haiti.

For the second year in a row, Victory Fellowship Church in Fulton hopes to team with Global Compassion Ministries to send hope — and more than 20,000 meals — to Haiti.

Hope-Fest returns Saturday, July 13, beginning at 4 p.m. with a motorcycle parade down Court Street before returning to the church for live music, food, games and fireworks.

But Victory Fellowship missions coordinator and Global Compassion building coordinator Kent Glover said the event, which he helped start last year, has a broader scope for 2013. Instead of just sending the freeze-dried meals, (which will be collected and prepared in the fall), he hopes funds raised can help make the residents of Ti Anse, Haiti to be more self-sufficient.

“Even with 20,000 meals, when you do the math, for a town of 300, it doesn’t take any time to go through that,” Glover said. “We’re trying to find some way to help them help themselves ... we want to help, but we want to teach them to help themselves, too.”

In addition to bringing in nourishment, ongoing plans for Ti Anse include building a cistern to contain clean water and developing practical skills among residents there.

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