The Miles for Mercy Community Challenge, a virtual event held as part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G’s community-driven programming, raised $17,000 for the Mercy Health Foundation last week. Over 1,450 individuals participated in the challenge, with 9,759 miles completed throughout the week. For each mile walked or run by participants, Procter & Gamble pledged a $1 donation to the foundation, with additional funds pledged to meet a $15,000 goal. In addition, $2,000 was raised through participant donations made during the event registration process, for a final donation total of $17,000.
The Miles for Mercy event also featured a Corporate Challenge, with 31 local offices participating in the initiative. P&G was recognized for the most participants and most total miles completed, while Community Fit was awarded the title for most spirited team via social media. Walmart’s Jennifer Sorenson was recognized as event’s individual winner, completing 165 miles during the challenge.
Miles for Mercy was created from the #NWAChampionship’s annual 5k @ the LPGA, which was transformed into a virtual community challenge in 2020. Participants were encouraged to honor local healthcare workers as part of event’s #MilesforMercy social media campaign. Since 2015, $67,000 has been raised for the Mercy Health Foundation through the 5k @ the LPGA and Miles for Mercy.