In 2004, ten-year-old Ellie Ambrose was inspired by a speech made by Larry Warren at her church. Warren, a missionary with African Leadership, shared stories and alarming pictures regarding children in Kibera, one of the most impoverished slums in Africa. Ellie was appalled by the photos of African children walking shoeless, with torn clothes and unfed stomachs. The majority of families in this region are unable to afford the $25 it costs to buy shoes, a uniform, and schoolbooks for just one year. Unlike most ten year olds, Ellie decided to take action and start the organization, Ellie’s Run for Africa. In 2004, Ellie began the race and carnival, attracting runners as well as families to come and enjoy the event. The first event was a huge success, raising $18,000 to go to schools in Kibera. This is Ellie’s seventh year doing the event, and has so far raised a whopping $275,000, benefitting numerous educational ministries in Africa. Their goal is to “provide a local opportunity for individuals and families to walk alongside African children, supporting their education and giving them hope to get out of the slum – one child at a time. From runners to our Heroes fundraisers, there’s a place for anyone to become part of this movement.” By donating or running in the race, you can contribute to the many children Ellie has helped in Kibera.
The reason for this organizations success is not only the hard work that Ellie and volunteers put into it, but also the hundreds of people that decide to run in the race, enjoy the carnival, or simply donate to the cause. Without them, Ellie’s mission to serve the children of Kibera wouldn’t be possible. The event will be held on May 21st at Percy Warner Park. The event opens at 6:30 A.M. and the 5K race starts at 7:30 A.M. There is even a kids 1 mile “fun run” at 8:30 for children 12 and under. There will be entertainment throughout the event including inflatable games, refreshments, African food, and performances. On their website, you can find numerous testimonials and more information about the history of the event, Kibera, and what you can do to help. Early registration ends on May 17, so make sure you register by then or else you’ll be charged with an extra $10 fee. Be sure to check out www.Elliesrun.org and find a way to help this spectacular cause.
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