Run for Zimbabwe, fix the plumbing


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 or by calling the race hotline at 650-941-9206.

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10 people like this
Posted by Sally
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 16, 2016 at 4:59 am

What percentage of donations get directly to the children in Zimbabwe? What percent goes to overhead?

It's irresponsible journalism to not disclose this information of a charity. How do we know donations don't just go to fund some one's travel bug and send of adventure by being around impoverished people in the Third World? Or their self-reflexive need for attention? It's actually a common phenomenon in small charities such as these. Report the financials.

14 people like this
Posted by Nice!
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:51 am

Sounds like a wonderful community experience.

12 people like this
Posted by James T
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm

See you all there!! Oops, I mean everyone but Sally, hahaha ;)

5 people like this
Posted by Sally
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Yes, hahaha, but no answer to the answer regarding the precentage of funding to overhead and operational expenses. How much money actually reaches the children? Report the financials. Or does that involve too much journalistic effort?

3 people like this
Posted by @Sally
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm

I suppose a Google search is not in your skill set?

11 people like this
Posted by Bug Upperbud
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Sally, what paper do you think you are reading?! Go use that apparent passion and find out for yourself if you care so much about it. Don't expect to be spoon fed everything that might satisfy your blind assumptions about this. Seems you just want to project negatives then complain about them.

3 people like this
Posted by dewas
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 9, 2016 at 5:46 am

That's really cool. I would be interested in seeing more graphs of different information you pull from these logs.
Web Link

5 people like this
Posted by CheatHacker
a resident of Slater
on Jun 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

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