March 25, 2010 | By EWBGR |
The Run to End Poverty is a team of compassionate runners united for a common cause – to bring an end to extreme poverty in Africa. Since 2007, runners across Canada and Africa have run together to raise awareness about extreme poverty, and to build support for Engineers Without Borders’ (EWB) development efforts in Africa. In just two years the team has grown with races now planned in Vancouver, Montreal, Waterloo, Calgary and Ottawa!
These events are unique in that each is partnered with a run in developing communities across Africa, where EWB is working hard to build local capacity and create positive change. Through this connection, Canadians can learn more about international development and the people whose lives are changed by organizations like EWB. By raising awareness through high-profile local races and through the people we touch during fundraising activities, we hope to build stronger support for Canadian international development initiatives.
This is the first year that the Run to End Poverty has come to Waterloo and we hope that you will join the team! The Waterloo Run to End Poverty will take place as part of the EndurRace on April 24th at 6:00 PM. There will be both 3K and 8K options – something for every level of runner. You don’t have to be a member of Engineers Without Borders to get involved – everyone is welcome. By participating, you are helping out a great cause, spreading awareness and getting some exercise too!
If you are not able to run, you can still be involved by coming out to the event to support our runners, or sponsoring them here.
Are you ready to run? Here’s how:
1) Join the team
Go to www.runtoendpoverty.ca and join ‘Team Waterloo’, choose which EWB chapter you’ll be fundraising for and write a small blurb about why you run. This will displayed on your own personal fundraising page which you can use to collect donations for your run.
2) Register for the run
It is important to note that registration on the Run to End Poverty website is separate and independent from registration in the EndurRace run itself.
It is absolutely crucial that you also register at http://www.eventsonline.ca/events/endurrace/.
3) Start fundraising
Along with raising awareness, one of the main goals of the Run to End Poverty is fundraising to support EWB’s activities in Canada and Africa. It is up to the individual runners to choose the chapter they would like to support. The money raised by those selecting EWB-Grand River will go towards supporting our African Program Partners.
To give you a hand, we have created a fundraising email template, (that you can personalize and send to friends) and some hints and tips on ways in which you can carry out your fundraising (facebook, personal emails, etc). Both were a great help to other chapters, with several people raising over $500, and a few even passing $1000!
4) Training Runs
i) If there is interest, we can coordinate Grand River chapter group training runs, let us know!
ii) The Running room runs (accessible to anyone, every week):
When: Saturday, April 24, 6:00 pm
Where: Columbia Lake Health Club
Check out http://www.runwaterloo.com/endurrace.html for more details!
OK – the run is in less than 5 weeks, so get out there, and let’s Run to End Poverty!