Last summer Abbie Lumani was enjoying a summer different than her peers. She spent three weeks on the reserves of rural Kenya (Maasai Mara building schools for a community called Osenetoi). It would be an understatement to say Abbie was inspired. If you know anything about the Lumani family, it is that they know how to persist, inspire, and grit their teeth in the face of adversity. Abbie’s older brother, Josh Lumani has inspired the local running community despite setbacks last fall. Abbie Lumani is now ready to inspire others to Quench Kenya’s Thirst by hosting a 10K and 5K.
“While we were there we walked 5km to the nearest clean water source, which was rain water in a dug out hole which essentially is a mud pit. The smell was terrible, the water was brown, animals were doing their business in it and their was algae growing along the top. Once we filled up our 20 litre jerry cans and walked it the 5km back to Mama Purity and Mama Rose’s home, we were greeted by 10 mamas and daughters singing and dancing.”
Mama Purity asked, “How far do your parents walk each day for water?”. This is what inspired me to take on this project.
The race distances (5km and 10km) represent the distance I walked that day, which is the distance that Mama Purity and Mama Rose walk multiple times each day.
Top 5 reasons you should RUN/WALK…
1. Not only does it provide a clean water well to the community in highest need in Kenya, but it helps provide better education. Free The Children- the charity that all proceeds will be going to- locates the water well on the communities school grounds, that way the daughters can go to school, and return home after with their clean, sanitary water. Education is an issue for many girls in Kenya because they need to do their daily chores, one of the main chores is fetching water.
2. It’s always nice seeing high school students helping out in the local community. Most of Quenching Kenya’s Thirst’s volunteers are high school students throughout London. I personally love that it’s student based, because it shows such a genuine aspect to our community.
3. Gibbons Park is absolutely stunning- you’re running along the Thames river with beautiful tree’s surrounding.
4. This is a great event for first time runners/ racers. The 5km run is essentially a “fun run”.
5. Amazing awards (New Balance apparel, etc.) Lot’s of treats and refreshments with Starbucks and Kiwi Kraze on sight. It’s going to be an amazing day.
Event Date: Sunday July 08 2012
Event Location: Gibbons Park, London ON
Start Time: 8:00AM
Distances: 5km run/walk, 10km run.