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News - March 29, 2019

Annual Zimbabwe Run turns 20

The run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair will take place on Sunday, April 7, in Mountain View. The event raises funds to benefit the orphans from the Makumi Children's Home in Zimbabwe while also providing an opportunity for local participants to learn more about Zimbabwe's culture.

"We want to encourage kids to be fit, create art and help others," said Ellen Clark, president of the Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF) and organizer of the annual event which is celebrating its 20th year.

For the Zim Run, there will be 13 cross country races, with distances based on the age group. There will also be a children's art contest, with prizes will be awarded to the top artist in each grade.

"(For) a lot of kids with disabilities, or (if) they can't run, the art contest is a real good place to start," Clark said.

Participants are invited to donate used running shoes for the shoe drive. The Zim Fair anchors the entire day, showcasing art, music, games and food from Zimbabwe.

Last year's event raised $30,000. This year, Clark said she hopes to raise an equal or greater amount. Each year, the funds are dedicated to a specific project, and this year, the SLF will use the proceeds to fund micro-grants for teens graduating from the orphanage.

"They will be able to use these grants, around $300, to start a business or further their education," Clark said.

The race has a $5 entry fee and is held at at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave. More information can be found at zimbabweparaguay.net/zim-run or by calling 650-941-9206.

—Angie Wang

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