The student organizers of the Arrive Five virtual challenge dropped off a giant check for $5,011.13 made out to Arrive Ministries!

We are unbelievably honored and impressed by the service, dedication and innovation of Minnetonka High School Seniors Austin Hunter and Lucca Carlson who planned this entire virtual run/walk challenge.

Here is a brief reflection Austin and Lucca shared about their experience organizing the Arrive Five:

 

“We faced many setbacks, encountered so many unexpected challenges, and spent quite a few late nights researching, planning and organizing the event.”


“The past 10 months were pretty crazy for us as we watched the Arrive Five go from an interesting idea we had, to some rough concepts, to an in person race this summer, to a series of socially distanced iterations, to the eventual 5 day virtual mileage challenge in which you all participated.

We faced many setbacks, encountered so many unexpected challenges, and spent quite a few late nights researching, planning and organizing the event that culminated in this week.


“…these inconveniences are negligible when compared with the struggles and difficulties faced by the millions of displaced people, stateless people and refugees around the world every day.”


However, these inconveniences are negligible when compared with the struggles and difficulties faced by the millions of displaced people, stateless people and refugees around the world every day.

While we discovered what it really takes to plan a race, and were helped by many people along the way, the greatest learning over the past 10 months has been about the global and local refugee crisis, as well as what it means to be a person with refugee status. We hope over the last five days you have learned something new as well.”