HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!
On June 1st, runners and active enthusiasts come together on this day….to RUN! It only seems appropriate that on this day I announce my next challenge – RUN TO END POVERTY for Engineers Without Borders!
VANCOUVER– (June 1, 2011)
What are YOU doing on June 26th, 2011? Interested in joining a group of inspired and passionate do-gooders and athletes for a run in the Scotiabank Vancouver half- marathon or 5 km race?
Join me and RUN FOR A CAUSE with the Vancouver Run to End Poverty Team! Lets embark on raising awareness and much needed funds for a water and sanitation project in Malawi!
The Scotia Half Marathon AND the 5km is the name of the game, as I will be running the Half, then the 5km…and then maybe back, for a total of 47km! Why you ask? The answer is most always…because I can! In Canada we are lucky to have the option of choice, and like all challenges in life, there needs to be an ambiance of fear or…can I do that? Fear…. I do not fear you!
THE STRAIGHT UP GOODS: MALAWI AND EWB ROLE
Malawi, a landlocked country in southern Africa, is among the world’s poorest countries. Of its more than 12 million people the vast majority live in rural communities, with only 16% living in urban areas such as the cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre. Malawi’s economy is based largely on agriculture, which accounts for more than 90% of its export earnings and 45% of gross domestic product (GDP).
Part of the major concern with landlocked countries, is their access to clean water. Malwai is no exception. Access to water and sanitation is unequal, with an estimated 57% of the rural population with some access to safe water. Where in comparisson 90% of the urban population has access.
Access to sanitation is considerably lower with only 15% to 30% of the rural population having access to a latrine. As a result water-related diseases, including cholera and typhoid, are common; a problem exacerbated by the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS which has affected 15% of the rural population and 30% of those in urban areas.
EWB, support agricultural projects, where capacity building and water and sanitation models are paramount to farmers and rural communities!
Here is where we help! RUN FOR A CAUSE – and you INVEST in a project, an idea and more important in the sustainability of communities! So…need I say more?
Join now and visit our facebook page for more details at: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220048551352741&ref=ts
More Info on R2EP and Engineers Without Borders Visit: http://runtoendpoverty.ca/
Scotiabank Half-Marathon & 5km 06.26.2011 Book it off!