The Run for Zimbabwe is part African festival, part fun run. Now in its 14th year, the race and fair is set for Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph School.
With races for all ages, from preschool to adult, the event raises money for an orphanage in Zimbabwe, the Makumbi Children's Home. Put on by the Sustainable Living Foundation, the event includes a celebration of Zimbabwe culture with authentic music from Chinyakare Ensemble and Sadza, cultural booths, games and food, according to organizer Ellen Clark, the foundation's president.
Clark said she hopes proceeds from this year's event will match -- or beat -- last year's donation of $32,700. The race entry fee is low at $5, with T-shirts sold separately. Attendees are encouraged to contribute shoes to the shoe drive. There's also a children's book drive, with a request for each family to contribute one book and $1 to cover shipping costs.
According to Clark, the event is a chance for local residents to get fit while helping the people of a country with one of the world's highest poverty rates. About one third of the population suffers from HIV or AIDS in Zimbabwe, where residents have a very low life expectancy and there is an estimated 900,000 AIDS orphans and children who have been abandoned by parents who could not support them, Clark said.
The Wakerly Family Foundation underwrites the Run for Zimbabwe. Kate Wakerly was the Voice's founding editor.
St. Joseph School is located at 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. To sign up for the race online, go to the Sustainable Living Foundation's website or for information, contact Ellen Clark at 650-941-9206 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.