This year, it's all about the plumbing. The annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans, an exuberant fundraiser that combines cross-country fun runs for all ages with a cultural fair featuring African music and crafts, is set for noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View.
According to organizer Ellen Clark of the Sustainable Living Foundation, proceeds from the event will be used to retrofit the Makumbi Children's Home with new piping for water and sanitation, addressing a health hazard facing the 100 children who live there.
Last year's Zimbabwe Run raised $32,000, which was used to eradicate a major termite infestation at the orphanage, according to Clark.
A new feature at this 17th annual event is a walk-on board game designed to teach kids about the importance of clean water and sanitation. It's in addition to the 13 cross-country runs, live music, an African art contest and a shoe drive. Gently used shoes will be collected and donated to African children in need.
There's a $5 race entry fee, which Clark has said is set low to encourage as many people to participate as possible. Admission to the fair is free. More information is available at ZimbabweParaguay.net or by calling the race hotline at 650-941-9206.