South Jersey Group Unites for Carol’s Cause [AUDIO]
The Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club is pledging their support in the search for answers in the death of Carol Reiff.
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Reiff was a founding member of the the running club. Following a disappearance reported on June 20th, Carol's body was found on June 24th in a wooded area near her home in Blackwood.
The investigation is ongoing and is being treated as a criminal scenario. Still, though, nobody knows what happened to Reiff that led to her death at 59-years-old.
Carol's family has set up a fundraising cause in hopes of collecting $10,000 to further entice somebody with knowledge of the death to come forward. The Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club has decided to pitch in with this effort, helping to bridge the gap to $10,000 by drumming up support around the country via a virtual run.
"We're hoping to raise enough money to cover the rest up to the ten thousand," said Cindy Spallina.
Spallina said that the club has a wide network of other running clubs around the country, which has garnered great support for the initiative called, Unite for Carol's Cause. The virtual allows people from all over to participate and donate without having to travel to New Jersey.
"People pledge money," she explained. "They would do their run wherever they are, whatever city, state, and they can post their picture to our Facebook page,"
In the event that no information comes forward, all of the money raised will be donated to VDay.org, which is a global movement to end violence against women and children.
"We would like to be able to raise the rest of the money for the reward in hopes that someone would come forward," Spallina said, though.
The Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club was founded about a year ago and consists of just under 100 members. Spallina said that Carol Reiff was an instrumental part of the group, and everybody is still dealing with the shock of losing a friend, while still searching for answers.
"She really just loved life. She was a very good person and she was very inspiring to the group."
Contributions can be sent via check to Camden County Prosecutor’s Office at 25 N. 5th Street, Camden, NJ, 08102. Donors should write, “Carol Reiff Reward Fund” as a note on checks.
Anyone with information regarding Reiff’s death should call the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office at (856) 225-8653or Gloucester Township Police at (856) 228-4500.
Find out how you can help by visiting the Southern Ocean Ladies Running Club Facebook page.
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