The Copperas Cove Noon Exchange Club hosts a Volksmarch on Saturday to raise money for child abuse prevention.

“The Volksmarch is important because it’s about family,” said Susan Ayres, of the Noon Exchange Club. “We really want to be about family with this event.

“It’s the first time we’re doing it, and we’re absolutely thrilled with the support so far.”

The club’s walk, set for Ogletree Gap Park, already has raised more than $12,000 for local child abuse prevention organizations.

A Volksmarch is a traditional German family walk. Upon finishing, participants receive a medallion or a beer stein. “It is a 5k, but that’s just how long it is,” Ayres said. “It doesn’t have to be a run. We just want people to come out and have fun.”

Following the German theme of a Volksmarch, bratwurst and other food items will be available for purchase during the event.

Helping the Noon Exchange Club will be about 40 volunteers, including Cove Crusaders basketball players and Cove High School Junior ROTC members.

“Events like this are great opportunities for our kids,” said retired Chief Warrant Officer-3 Ric Herrera, the senior Army instructor for the Junior ROTC. “It gets them out helping in the community and gives them opportunities to use the leadership skills that they’ve developed. They bring that Army discipline with them, too, so when they help out, they get things done.”

The first 100 people to register will receive a T-shirt and a medallion commemorating the event.

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