Sneaks for Beaks five-K Helps Raise Funds for Foster Parrots Bird Sanctuary

Foster Parrots and the Exotic Wildlife Santuary's annual charity five-K hopes to raise money to recover from a recent four-alarm fire that killed many birds.
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Foster Parrots’ second annual Sneaks for Beaks five-K in 2019. Photo from Foster Parrots and the Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary.

Lace up your running shoes for the virtual Sneaks for Beaks five-K charity road race, hosted by the Foster Parrots and the Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Hope Valley. You can sign up for the race anytime from May 1-15, run or walk either solo or with a group, fundraise for the parrots at the sanctuary and submit your results on RaceWire.

Foster Parrots lost a quarter of the sanctuary to the fire that occurred on April 1, and it hopes to rebuild as soon as possible. Marjorie Drew is a volunteer at Foster Parrots and believes this charity race is a great way for people to not only support these animals in need, but enjoy their time outside, especially with the weather getting warmer.

“[During the five-K] you can go for a walk or a run, and you can do it as a group event, especially since this time of year is beautiful,” says Drew. “Also, it’s a really good cause. Foster Parrots is a nonprofit that’s been around since 1989, and we have over 300 parrots that were rescued. They’ve either been abandoned or given up. We have a lot of parrots in need of specialized care.”

This is the sanctuary’s third charity five-K, with this year’s event going virtual. Usually, the race would take place at Matunuck Beach, followed by an after party at the Andrea Seaside Restaurant in Westerly, where five-K racers would eat, chat, have a drink and receive medals for their achievements.

Besides participating in the virtual charity race, there are other ways you can give back to the sanctuary. “Monetary donations are great to help rebuild, especially now considering the fact that we had a devastating fire in April,” says Drew. “Part of the five-K that we’re doing this year is you can sign up for the event then sign up to do fundraising; people can donate towards your five-K and give $5 or $10, or donate a dollar each mile.”

After the race, prizes can be won, too: the first three participants to raise the most amount of money will receive an extra T-shirt, and the top three fundraisers will get a book by Brian Jones, a professional photographer and a volunteer at the sanctuary. The book he wrote is called Does It Talk? and displays his favorite Foster Parrots photos from 2020. The participant to raise the most funds will receive an original piece of abstract art from artist and long-time Foster Parrots supporter Naomi Silver, ranging from $125 to $150 in value.

It’s $25 to sign up and start fundraising for the birds in need. Track your results with RaceWire to check out how far you go and how well you’re doing in the race. Post selfies on social media where you’re out running or walking and use hashtags #fosterparrots, #fundraising, and #nocageisbigenough.

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