ICS held its 4th annual Charity Walk & Run this last Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for three excellent local charities. ICS students and teachers volunteer throughout the year with these organizations, but the annual run is special in that it involves the entire school community.
ICS families and friends came out and made a day of it. The three charities had information booths where they sold tshirts and other items. There was a hamburger barbecue at the snack tukel and a Jamaican jerk chicken hut. There was music. There were also lots of Norwegians: forty supporters of the Children’s Burn Unit flew in from Oslo for the event.
Alekka’s not a runner, so she helped by making signs and working in the student council’s water sales booth. I’m not a runner either, so I walked for a flat donation.
Last year’s run brought in 810,000 birr (that’s almost $44,000) for the charities. The pledges aren’t all in yet but it looks like this year we surpassed that amount. There should be updates on the Walk & Run site if you want to check back.
Links to information about the charities:
Working to save this critically endangered species. There are only about 500 left, all of which live in the Bale mountain region of Ethiopia.
A local restaurant provides a daily meal to hungry children in Addis Ababa.
A Norwegian doctor builds the only specialized burn care for Ethiopian children.