A Project Jason Press Release: Public Invited to Celebrate Family Safety With Fun Family
Bicycling or Walking at Zorinsky Lake ParkFifth annual Miles for the Missing gives free ID kits, raises awareness for local missing persons with fun, healthy walk/ride in nature setting
Omaha, Nebraska - (August 2008) -- Families and friends from Omaha and beyond are invited to Miles for the Missing V, a fun, casual walk and bike ride that gives attendees family safety information, and provides free ID Kits. The event is September 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Zorinsky Lake Park. This is a chance to do something fun and healthy outdoors in a nature setting, with family and friends and at the same time, benefitting Project Jason, a local nonprofit.
This is not a pledge-per-mile event. Instead, it is a casual ride/walk on a seven-mile path. You can go any distance you wish, whether it is one mile or several times around. The trail is paved and SAG and free water will be provided.Fun New Mascot and Photo Opportunity
Attendees will be welcomed by the new mascot, "I.D. Kitty," a large, warm and fuzzy, 6-foot-tall live action figure designed to bring enjoyment to children and families. Children will be delighted by him, and parents will appreciate how Project Jason is taking the "fear factor" out of obtaining and creating I.D. Kits. I.D. Kits should be part of every household, and for every family member. Families are welcome to take photos of their children united with ID Kitty in advocating family safety!Goals for the Event
The event has three goals: to help families understand various safety issues, to disseminate free ID Kits to all, and to honor families of local missing persons.
This year's honored guests are families of the missing Jesse Ross, Erin Pospisil, Melvin Uphoff, Kiaran Norman, Benjamin Cannon
, and Jason Jolkowski.Event Details and Registration
The ride/walk starts at 9:30 a.m, on Sunday, September 21st. Check-in is at Shelter #5, located on the south side of Zorinsky Lake Park, at the 156th & F Street entrance. Trail coverage with first aid and water will be offered until 2:00 p.m. You can come any time convenient to you, with a recommended start time of no later than 1 p.m. The trail is seven miles and you can ride/walk as little or as much as you wish.
The cost per person is $17.00 per person. Riders/walkers who pre-register by September 15, 2008 will receive a free Miles for the Missing V T-shirt at check-in.
Riders/walkers of all ages must have a completed and signed registration form before entering the trail. Children under age 10 riding/walking with a parent or guardian may walk/ride free, but will still need a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.
T-shirts for children under age ten (optional) may be purchased for $7.50 each at the time of registration, prior to September 15.
All information, including registration forms, is available at http://www.projectjason.org/miles.htmlAbout the I.D. Kit
Since its inception in 2003, Project Jason has given out more than 13,500 I.D. Kits to assist families with safety preparation.
These free I.D. Kits are provided by Project Jason at public events, and as free downloads in English and in Spanish from the organization's website. The kit contains a list of the first steps to take in the event a loved one is missing, plus valuable information that law enforcement will need. The kit should be printed on heavier stock paper, kept in a safe place, and updated at least every 6-12 months.
The kit can be downloaded at http://www.projectjason.org/education.shtml#idkit
If people wanting to attend have any questions, they can write to (402) 932-0095 or email email@example.comAbout Project Jason
Project Jason, founded in 2003, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the families of missing persons, and creating and increasing public awareness of missing people through a variety of outreach and educational activities. Project Jason brings hope and assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support. The organization is based in Omaha, Nebraska.
The organization has disseminated more than 13,500 personal ID kits in English and Spanish, has helped distribute more than 50,000 posters, and 4,750 photo buttons, of missing persons, and has assisted more than 400 families of the missing. Project Jason has also been directly involved in the recoveries of numerous missing persons.
Project Jason offers extensive online resources as the first and only assistance organization to offer free, professional counseling to families, and the first nonprofit of its type to open an office in the popular virtual world, Second Life.
Project Jason relies solely on corporate and private donors and currently requests the public's help to sponsor a number of ongoing programs. (Nonprofit: IRS 501 (C) (3) Non Profit Charitable Organization - EIN# 20-0256753.)
For more information about Project Jason's objectives, activities and services, go to http://www.projectjason.org