Inspiring kids to “Be fit! Create art! Help others!” has been the goal of the Zimbabwe Run for going on 17 years.
On March 20, Saint Joseph School at 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, opens its doors, once again, to families across the Bay Area for a day of active philanthropy from noon to 4 p.m.
For the “Be fit” component, there are a total of 13 cross-country races all on school property: a 220 yard race for pre-school; a ½ mile race for Kindergarten children; and a series of mile races for grades 1-8, high school and adults. All the participants receive finisher ribbons and the top three per race receive Championship cups presented in Awards Ceremonies throughout the day.
For the “Create art” component, the popular “African Art Contest” for pre-school to grade 8 will be in full force. The art contest allows all children, including those with intellectual or physical challenges, to participate in the event. Finisher ribbons are awarded to each artist and toy giraffes to the top artists per division.
Finally, the “Help others!” component is infused in all the activities throughout the day. These activities include: The Shoe Drive where people are encouraged to bring their gently used shoes to the meet; Twiza, the giraffe, t-shirts; two Zimbabwe bands entertaining the crowd; a special buffet of Sadza, the traditional food of Zimbabwe and African games played at the fair. One very special game this year, staffed by 8th grade students at Saint Joseph, is the germ board game. In this game, kids can learn about the importance of sanitation and fresh water in Zimbabwe.
Visit www.ZimbabweParaguay.net to enter the run, donate funds, volunteer or enter the Kids’ African art contest. Also contact Ellen and Bill Clark of The Sustainable Living Foundation to obtain a “hard copy” entry blank and contribution form at 650-941-9206 or 156 Marvin Ave. Los Altos, Ca, 94022.