PITTSBURG — Pittsburg Church of God is gearing up to help those less fortunate through a new event Saturday.

PCOG is hosting its first 5k Color Walk to raise money for women and children in Cota, Colombia. The walk takes place at Saturday at Lincoln Park, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the west pavilion. Registration fees are $50, and proceeds will be used to build safe houses for at-risk children and abused women living on the streets of Cota.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in it,” Mike Walden said. “We’re trying to help children, that’s the message.”

Mike Walden and his wife, Crystal, worked with Pastor Mark Smithson to set up the event — although Mike Walden said the credit goes to his wife.

Attendees at the event will receive a t-shirt — if they registered by June 5 — sunglasses, a wristband, color walk stickers and a bag of colored chalk for the “grand finale.” The 5k walk will include all forms of color being splattered onto the participants.

Folks can also purchase a participation packet for $15 if they’d like to simply take part by cheering walkers on.

“We’re pretty fortunate where we are in the United States,” Mike Walden said. “This event is just a drop in the bucket, but hopefully it will create a ripple that continues to help people.”

Folks who pre-registered had the opportunity to raise extra money for the event. After the walk, the person who raised the most money will receive a trophy, and the church will grill hotdogs for a celebration.

During the celebration, other fun prizes will be awarded.

For more information about the event, or to register early, email pastorredhead@sbcglobal.net.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.