I have stacks of shirts collected over the years from fun runs and charity walks. I often wished the organizers funneled the money for these giveaways to the cause the race supported. A found a group that is doing just that.
Come out to Cornish Park in Algonquin, Illinois on May 21 for a “No Frills” 5K run and 1 mile pet friendly walk. Every cent collected will benefit the Algonquin neighborhood’s favorite cause, Gambella. This event is all about raising fund so there are no free t-shirts here.
Algonquin 4 Gambella member Michele Auch told me her neighborhood partners with the village of Gambella in Kenya. In stark contract to the neat McHenry County suburban scene, Gambella families live in huts and struggle to get even their most basic needs met. Entire families live on $0.50 a day.
Africa is a world away from Midwest Algonquin though this neighborhood has developed close ties.
Last year Algonquin 4 Gambella raised $6,165 for this small village. A recent garage sale netted over $600. Their Spring 2011 goal is to raise $5000. Here is progress to date toward this goal.
What can your donations do for Gambella? Here is some of the groups accomplishments over the past 2 years:
* Building a school to educate their children
* Growing crops for nutrition and income
* Built a health clinic
* Built homes
* Begun businesses
Very impressive results.
Here is how the “no frills” Race for Gambella works. Algonquin 4 Gambella considers you a partner with them, and want every dollar you give to go to the people of Gambella. The organizers ask you to Bring Your Own:
* T-shirt – we’ll decorate it using Sharpies (but really, who needs another t-shirt from a run anyway?)
* Bib number from a previous race
* Water bottle o`�Gatorade (we won’t have any for you)
* Time piece… cuz we’re not keepin’ track
* If you think you’re going to have a strong run, feel free to bring a medal or trophy for yourself, cuz we won’t have any (and just like time, we’re not keepin’ track of places)
* Bring snacks for everyone to enjoy afterward if you like!
Michele Auch says, “We’re thrilled to be able to work with Global Hope Network International (GHNI) in this partnership, as we come alongside the people of Gambella, helping them reach TCD Sustainability. You can learn more about what a village partnership is at Global Hope’s website.”
Register for the “No Frills” race at http://algonquin4gambella.org/run
Algonquin to Gambella from Global Hope Network Int’l on Vimeo.
Algonquin to Gambella from Global Hope Network Int'l on Vimeo.