14th Annual Homelessness Marathon to Originate from Kansas City, Missouri

“Why not do the right thing?” to be broadcast’s theme

The 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon will originate from Kansas City, Missouri on the night of February 23, 2011.  The broadcast will start at 6:00 p.m. Central Time and end at 8:00 a.m. the next morning.  The broadcast will be carried by over 100 American radio stations, and by Free Speech Television, channel 9415 on the Dish Network. 40 Canadian radio stations will be carrying a parallel Canadian Homelessness Marathon, and the two broadcasts will link for an hour.

“If we really looked at who is homeless, I think we’d feel a lot of remorse for the way our country is treating its most disadvantaged people.” - Unidentified voice, official Kansas City, MO Task Force on Homelessness video.

The Homelessness Marathon is coming to Kansas City because Kansas City represents heartland America, where home and community are sacred values. Yet in Kansas City, according to the Homeless Services Coalition, there are around 13,000 homeless people and fewer than 3000 beds to accommodate them. This kind of disparity is common across America, but why shouldn’t Kansas City lead the way in putting a roof over every head?  We’re asking Kansas City, “Why not do the right thing?”

“It’s not getting any better.  It’s getting worse.” – Charley German, chairman, Kansas City Task Force on Homelessness

The Homelessness Marathon could not exist without the support of dedicated community groups. The 14th Marathon’s hosts on the ground in Kansas City are Care of Poor People and Hope Faith Ministries.  The broadcast will originate from outside the new Hope Faith facility at 705 Virginia Ave in Kansas City.  KKFI 90.1 FM is proud to be the broadcast partner for the Homelessness Marathon providing the facilities and Kansas City’s 100,000 watt community radio station.

“KKFI is pleased to contribute to the dialog on homelessness and what we should do about it.” – Jeff Humfeld, KKFI program producer

More information may be found at http://www.homelessnessmarathon.org

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