Running 33 miles for 33 kids a world away

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the sun rose over Hampton Park Saturday morning, a group of dedicated runners slipped on their shoes and started a 33-mile run to bring awareness and raise money for a group of children in need.

The goal was to raise $100 for each of the 33 children. The group started with a fundraiser at area Triangle Char & Bar locations last week where the group raised hundreds of dollars in donations through a raffle.

But the big test came Saturday morning with the run -- 33 laps around Hampton Park in downtown Charleston. The runners started at 6 a.m. and anticipate finishing up around 1 p.m.

Whether you're a die-hard long distance runner, or simply looking for a cause to cheer, Project 33 welcomes anyone to join them.

The idea for the run came from local runners Lael McKay and Lisa Lewerke.

Project 33 was founded to help a group of children in a South African home of safety. The children live in a home in the Khayelitsha township of South Africa near Cape Town.

To donate, ?click here?. To learn more about Project 33, visit the group's Facebook page. One hundred percent of the donations go to the kids in South Africa.

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