Race to raise funds for African orphanage

Greenwich and surrounding area residents will lace up their running shoes for the fourth annual Run for Africa on Saturday, Nov. 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Harvest Time Church on 1338 King Street.

The race is comprised of three levels of difficulty so that all may participate in a way that is comfortable for them. The 3.3k walk is ideal for families and strollers and dogs are welcome as well. Kids and teens can tackle the 3.3k run, while serious runners will take on the 10k run for adults and ambitious teens.

When asked why people should participate in the evcent, Karen Root, chairperson and event organizer explained, “It is a great way to get the community out for an activity that’s fun, but one that can make a tremendous impact on our world. This event truly changes lives.”


Funds raised from the race help to meet practical needs of the children at My Father’s House Children’s Home, a Senegal-based orphanage.

“We all know that kids grow and the children at the orphanage have ongoing needs for clothing, school supplies, and healthy meals,” Ms. Root said. “Funds received from the run will make a difference in the lives of children year round.”

Friends In Africa, the other charity that will benefit from Run for Africa, hosts quarterly, two-day medical clinics for the sick and hungry at no cost. Medical and dental treatments, feeding programs and health education are offered at the African clinics.

An average of 1,000 patients are treated and fed a nutritious meal at each clinic.

“All of these programs have inherent costs. We purchase medical supplies, provide food for the hungry, set up the actual clinics and we do this four times every single year, treating thousands of people. We are as frugal as possible and all medical and other staff at the clinics work on a volunteer basis,” explained Sarah Gamble, M.D. a Greenwich-based internist who serves on the board of Friends In Africa. “We make sure every dollar is spent on Senegal’s most desperate people.”

Other highlights of the event include race day activities and prizes. There are prizes for each age group and course. Kids under 16 receive a medal for their participation. Participants should remember to pre-register as early as possible. Pre-registrants will receive a free t-shirt and healthy snack bag on race day.

To register online, visit FirstGiving.com/HarvestTime. The cost is $30, or free, when participants raise a minimum of $100. For those not able to attend that day, support for the event is still appreciated and can be shown through online donations or by sponsoring runners.

For more details contact [email protected] There is no rain date for this event.

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