Sponsors are now being actively sought to help make the inaugural "Let's Move, Columbus" fitness initiative a success.
A website for the Sept. 21 event, which is to take place at four locations around the city at the same time, should begin accepting sponsorships this week, according to the Rev. Kwesi Gyimah of the Columbus All-Nations Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
His church's ministry, the Global Center for Wellness and Transformation, is the main sponsor of "Let's Move, Columbus," along with various community organizations.
Plans are for the Health Advisory Committees for the North, East, West and South sides to put on the events in locations to be determined. All four sites would have activities, including a 5K run/walk, programs for children and a health expo.
The hours will be 1 to 4 p.m.
The goal for the first of what is planned as an annual fitness-promotion effort is to have at least 2,000 participants at the four locations, Gyimah said during last week's meeting of the North Side Health Advisory Committee.
Sponsors who sign up to support the Sept. 21 main event will also automatically become sponsors for eight other additional health expos, two in each of the four quadrants, that will be held to reinforce the "Let's Move" message, Gyimah reported.
The website is letsmovecolumbus.org.
At least 50 volunteers will be needed at each of the locations, he said.
"So if nobody shows up, at least 50 people will be in 'Let's Move, Columbus,' " Gyimah joked.
He added that he is asking members of the faith community in all sections of the city to sign on as sponsors of families to attend the event for $10.
Participants may register for "Let's Move, Columbus" on the website; free T-shirts will be given to the first 2,000 to do so, Gyimah said.
"It is important for us to get as many sponsors as we can," he added.
At the urging of Scott Dowling, co-chair of the North Side Health Advisory Committee, Gyimah said he would create a means on the website for individuals to make donations to help put on "Let's Move, Columbus."
Once all four locations have been chosen, Gyimah said he would add contact information for the individuals in charge of each site. He said he hopes these are finalized by the end of May.
"At the end of the day, it's a community event, and the more people we get, the better for us," Gyimah said.