Snowshoe event to benefit orphans, at-risk youth and women in Peru |

Snowshoe event to benefit orphans, at-risk youth and women in Peru

Special to the Enterprise
Joel and Yen Hanson maintain a good pace in last year's Snowshoe For Peru, a fund-raiser to help at-risk youth and impoverished Trujillo Peru. The 2015 event gets under way on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Sylvan Lake State Park.
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Snowshoe enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in a 5K event at Sylvan Lake State Park on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Snowshoe for Peru 5k will get under way at 10 a.m. to benefit Corazon de Esperanza, a non-profit organization that provides hope to orphaned children, at-risk teens and impoverished women of northern Peru.

Event organizer Robyn Hanson is a teacher for Eagle County School District who first visited Peru in 2006. Overwhelmed with the needs of the children and women in the South American country, she later spent a year volunteering with an orphanage called Corazon de Esperanza in Peru. Ultimatly Hanson and her husband Joel adopted five siblings from the orphanage. But even after returning home to Gypsum, Hanson’s passion to continue providing assistance to Corazon de Esperanza grew.

Hanson notes that the snowshoe event proceeds will help support youth services, educational sponsorship, women’s programs, short term mission trips and the volunteer programs of Corazon de Esperanza.

“Our desire is to educate and provide resources so that the children and youth can become productive citizens. We also help to train women in sustainable vocations and programs,” she said.

Another on-going project facilitated by the organization is Hogar Luz de Vida, a home for at risk teens. It is the first of its kind in northern Peru to exclusively provide a home for older youth who have aged out of orphan care. The services provided include long term self-sufficiency, to help youth make the difficult transition from orphanage care to independent living.

“We believe that these young people deserve to reside in a safe place and have the opportunity to attend college or vocational training,” said Hanson. Two of the home’s floors have already been constructed, as fundraising continues to construct the third floor of the facility.

Pre-registration for Snowshoe for Peru 5K is $25. Registration is $30 on race day. Participants may register online at, call 303-801-8958for more information, or visit the Corazon de Esperanza Facebook event page, “Snowshoe for Peru 5K.”

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