DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – The Pee Dee Color Run was held at Darlington Middle School on Saturday morning.

The 5K began with a “color pop” when everyone threw confetti, chalk, and silly string into the air before taking off. All proceeds from the event will go toward a handful of organizations in the area. That includes Project Rex, which helps adults with autism prepare for interviews and shoot and edit their own video projects, the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the American Red Cross. 

News13 caught up with members of a few of those organizations to get their reactions on being chosen as a recipient of today’s proceeds. 

“It’s awesome. What they’re doing here in Darlington at the color run is fantastic. These are all volunteers. No ones getting to paid to do this. So this is a grassroots effort,” said Frampton Gwynette of Project Rex. Kioca Reed of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault told News13 it makes her “feel like we’re working together. Because it takes more than one just to do, to make a big change like this.”

Dozens of children and adults participated in the run, including State Representative Robert Williams. He said he was pleased with the event and the turnout, and was happy to see the community rally together for a good cause.

“It’s always good to see the community coming together. It’s something that we’ve got to do more of. Having different organizations, having different people, different backgrounds coming together, uniting themselves in order to make our community a better place. In order to make our community a healthier place,” said Williams. “And I think this walk proved that we can come together around certain causes.” 

People from all over the state came out to show their support. The event organizer, Paula Alford, says the event drew in people from Charleston, Lake City, Florence, and Myrtle Beach.