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They do run Run

Original post made on Mar 20, 2010

The 11th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair, taking place next Sunday, March 28, will raise money for a Zimbabwean orphanage and share the joys of that country's culture.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Is Ellen Clark aware of the horrific violence being perpetrated against white people in Zimbabwe? It is odd that anyone would want to enable Mugabe's fantastically racist regime in any way.

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Posted by Ellen Clark
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

The Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF) is a public non-profit charitable corporation with tax-exempt status. On the board of directors are: Ellen and Bill Clark; Teresa Clark and Dave Ruminski; Will and Kristin Clark; and Dee Gibson. There are two branches within SLF—Zimbabwe and Paraguay—and two projects. The projects are The Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Zimbabwean Fair (now in its 11th year) and “Red de Huerta” or Garden Network of Paraguay. Since the gentlemen’s concerns relate to Zimbabwe, comments in this letter are directed to the Zimbabwean branch of SLF. The Clarks are very aware of the political conditions within Zimbabwe having both visited and lived in Zimbabwe. Will Clark volunteered in the Shona Tribal Lands as a teacher of “school leavers” in 1997. In addition, the Clarks have numerous Zimbabwean friends (in the USA and Zimbabwe) and keep in close contact with the beneficiary of the run, Makumbi Children’s Home. SLF has absolutely no ties to Robert Mugabe or the government of Zimbabwe. No funds—raised as a result of the Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans—go to the government of Zimbabwe. As stated, the beneficiary of the Zimbabwe Run is Makumbi Children’s Home. All funds from the Zimbabwe Run go directly to Makumbi. Makumbi is a well-established Jesuit run orphanage that has been in existence since 1936 and serves 100 orphans. Lastly, SLF makes no pronouncements on what segment of Zimbabwean society has suffered the most under the regime of Mr. Robert Mugabe whom Parade Magazine lists as one of “The World’s Ten Worse Dictators”. People in all areas of Zimbabwean society have suffered tremendously and continue to suffer.

The goals of The Sustainable Living Foundation are to spread knowledge, cultural appreciation and philanthropy. With the generosity of the people of Mountain View, these goals are being realized each year at the Zimbabwe Run and Fair. We conclude with the Shona word for thank you. Mazvita.