The 19th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair

The 19th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair

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Courtney Guaraglia, Kayla Moore, Emily Sherwood, Marissa McCarthy and Gracie Duncan-Corning, are in sixth grade at Saint Joseph School in Mountain View.

Saint Joseph School in Mountain View and The Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF) of Los Altos are teaming up to host the 19th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair. The event is on Sunday, March 25, noon-4 p.m., at Saint Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Through this event, Saint Joseph School and SLF seek to inspire Bay Area children to be fit, create art, help others and learn about Africa.

For the “Be Fit” component, the goal is to reach out to children of all economic levels. The entry fee is $5 for all thirteen races – 220 pre-school, half mile kindergarten and one mile for grades 1-8, high school and adult. The prizes for the x-country meet include finisher ribbons for each runner; championship cups to the top three in each race and team trophies for the top teams for grades 1-8.

For the “Create Art” component, The African Art Contest fills an important part in the development of a child’s creativity. The art contest is free to enter and is dedicated to the memory Dr. Hardy Jones, who died of ALS in December 2016. His metal sculptures, whimsical in nature, may be found in schools and businesses all across Mountain View and Los Altos. Each artist for grades pre-school to eighth receives a finisher ribbon and the top artist receives a toy wildebeest.

For the “Help Others” component, SLF has its annual shoe drive where people can donate their rubber soled shoes to the people of Africa. Also, people may choose to make a donation of any amount; sponsor an orphan at Makumbi Children’s Home for $350 a year; or buy a tie-dye wildebeest t-shirt at the meet. The capital project for 2018, as determined by the pastor of Makumbi, Father Admire Nhika SJ, is to provide micro grants to each teen who is graduating from Makumbi Children’s Home. Thus, the goal of SLF is to match or exceed the amount raised in 2017 of $31,000. The teens at Makumbi may use these funds for further schooling or to start their own business. The profiles of the 25 youth who will take advantage of these grants is on SLF’s web site. Finally, in the “Help Others,” realm, there are many volunteer opportunities for high school, seventh and eighth grade students. It is definitely a way to engage in almsgiving during Lent. Ellie Stanton, a senior at Saint Francis High School is the Assistant Meet Director. Colton Colonna, also of Saint Francis High School, is the Zimbabwe Run Ambassador and Michael Iglesias of Gunn High School and a Saint Joseph Parishioner, is the Promotions Director.

To enter the run, contribute funds, volunteer, or for more information visit
www.ZimbabweParaguay.net or contact Ellen Clark, Meet Director and President of The Sustainable Living Foundation at (650) 941-9206 or zpclarks@comcast.net. The expenses for The Zimbabwe Run and Fair are underwritten by a grant from the Wakerly Family Foundation.