While the first day of December may have consisted of low temperatures and some rather undesirable weather, it was also the backdrop of one of Charleston’s most rewarding charity events of the season: the Lonon Foundation’s Hike for Mike.
The Hike for Mike consists of a 3.5 mile hike at the beautiful Caw Caw Interpretive Center, along with fun arts and crafts for kids. The kids made their own slime, own snow globes and even their own walking sticks for the trek. There was a silent auction with items ranging from gift baskets to expensive beauty products to birthday party deals. Fresh homemade candles were on sale and all participants could enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and/or homemade muffins. There was even a local musical duo strumming songs for everyone to enjoy. Plus, the MacDaddy food truck handed out steaming bowls of award-winning mac-and-cheese for anyone who was craving comfort food.
Still, even with the slight rain and cloudy skies, nothing could deter the hikers and their families from having the best time possible. Children’s laughter rang out among the craft table, shoppers bid on every auction item and the hot chocolate stand was buzzing with passionate caregivers in the need of a little sugar.
Professor Lonon, founder and College of Charleston English professor, said “this year was undoubtedly the most successful” Hike. Professor Lonon herself could be seen at the Hike walking to each table and smiling at each family.
About the Lonon Foundation
The Lonon Foundation is a local Charleston non-profit, begun after Lonon’s husband lost his battle with neck cancer. Lonon founded this charity to provide support and comfort for children, like her own, who have been affected by their parent or caregiver’s cancer diagnosis. The Lonon Foundation works to help these children find comfort and heal through social interaction. They also host monthly events focused on play, fun and adventure for these wonderful children.
The Hike for Mike was named after her husband Mike, who loved to hike in his free-time. The event works to raise money for the Foundation so it can continue its mission and educate the local community. The Lonon Foundation consists of their volunteers through the College of Charleston’s UPLIFT program and their Continuing Education series. Donations and purchases through fundraisers, like the popular and exciting Hike for
Mike, make these wonderful elements possible.
Rain or shine, hot or cold, the Lonon Foundation volunteers are ready to lend a helping hand and serve children who deserve all the comfort and happiness in the world. This year’s Hike for Mike was an immensely successful event that did just that.
How to Help
If you want to get more involved with the Lonon Foundation (we always love new volunteers!) please check out their website, follow their Facebook page, or join the College of Charleston’s UPLIFT club!