Saturday race helps bring water to Uganda
To the Editor:
On Sept. 22, Uganda Farmer's Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will sponsor its second annual Running Water for Africa event at Foran High School in Milford. Waterborne diseases are the leading cause of illness and death worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia.
Forty percent of the world's population does not have clean water to drink, and according to a United Nations report, 4,000 children die each day as a result of ingesting filthy water. Thanks to local support, last year's inaugural race was a big success as funds raised were used to bring clean water to thousands of people in the western Ugandan villages of Rwesigiire and Ruhunga.
These villagers are now assured of a clean water supply and no longer have to walk two to three miles twice a day to fetch water as taps are scattered throughout each village. This year's proceeds will be used to benefit the village of Ihunga, Uganda.
On race day, registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run and the 9 a.m. start for the 5K run and two mile walk. Refreshments, awards and music will be provided.
For more information, visit www.ugandafarmersinc.org, e-mail Jane Holler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-376-3283.
Daniel Marecki President of Uganda Farmers