PITTSBURG — A local church is hosting a color run to raise money to help orphans in Europe.

Pitt Chapel is following the Youth World Evangelism Action’s mission to bring their faith to children in Europe who are facing mistreatment, neglect and exploitation.

According to YWEA’s website many of these children are orphaned or abandoned resulting in homelessness.

“The kids in these countries, especially in Romania, there are many children that live in the street and do not have the benefits we have here,” Pitt Chapel Pastor John Mark Smithson said.

Smithson said it is also an opportunity to encourage youth to help others.

This will be the second color walk the church has hosted. Last year, they had a 5K color walk to raise money for women and children in Cota, Colombia, and raised approximately $1,000 for their cause.

People can run or walk during the color run which is set for Saturday at Wilderness Park.

Registration is $25 and begins at 9 a.m. at the park. Earlybirds will receive a wristband and sunglasses which are first come, first serve. There will also be hot dogs.

Colored powder will be tossed at the runners and participants will receive their own little bag of powder at the end for a finale.

For more information on their mission, people can visit http://myywea.com/ and for more information and updates on the color run, people can visit the chapel’s Facebook page, Pitt Chapel.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.