From Eagle Scouts and Sunday School friends, to first time job workers and business leaders, to Urban Ministry board members and now trekking the Appalachian Trail, childhood friends Ken “KC” Nolen and Chris Bell are starting a life-changing journey on June 2nd as they “Walk in the Woods” to help raise funds for Urban Ministry’s Urban Kids Summer Learning program. The dynamic duo will spend three days and two nights starting in north Georgia on the Appalachian Trail, with the promise of many miles, much laughter, achy feet and unbelievable stories all to benefit deserving students.
Taking their mission to help Urban Kids very seriously, but not so much of themselves, Nolen and Bell are calling themselves “two old guys heading out on an adventure”. With a goal to raise $10,000 to help fund Urban Kids, the team has prepped by practicing in local parks like Oak Mountain hiking several miles with backpacks loaded with everything needed for a distance hike including bear-proof bags, food, tents, and first aid kits. They are also making this memorable journey for the kids being fully aware of the total lack of accommodations (including restrooms and showers) on the actual trail. On the hike, KC and Chris will be stocked with Urban Ministry and Urban Kids paraphernalia, a mission to set an example of giving in motion and opportunities to send pictures and posts to share along the way.
Urban Kids is a program of Urban Ministry and provides after school enrichment and summer learning for children within the West End community. Nolen and Bell said it was truly a no brainer to combine this “must do” off of their bucket list with a chance to raise much needed funds for such a worthy cause. “Urban Ministry reinforces the importance of education, positive role models and future mentors. It offers them a place to continue their learning through the summer months when school isn’t in session,” said Urban Ministry Board chair Ken “KC” Nolen. “Someone made a difference early in life for us. We want to do the same for the children from Urban Kids,” said Urban Ministry Board member Chris Bell.
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