(Rochester, NY) – On April 21st, the Ugandan Water Project holds their 9th annual 5K Run/Walk at the Rand Lodge in Powder Mills Park in Pittsford, NY. This lively fundraising event supports the mission of the Ugandan Water Project to partner with US sponsors in bringing safe, accessible drinking water to communities in the East African nation of Uganda.
UWP’s Executive Director James Harrington says, “The 5K is our largest public fundraiser. The impact that our runners and volunteers have on what our organization is able to accomplish each year is significant, enabling us to continue our work in Uganda.” UWP hopes to raise over $25,000 at this year’s run, helping to expand UWP’s reach and effectiveness in Uganda. For every dollar raised, one more person in Uganda gains access to clean drinking water – a vital resource that has the power to change education, health, career, and life.
This early season road race includes RFID chip timing and a race t-shirt for runners as well as live music, great food & refreshments, and handmade Ugandan crafts as well as RF chip bib timing and a race t-shirt for runners. Open to the public, runners can choose to register as a runner or walker, or to be a sponsored runner and raise funds, waiving the race fee and becoming eligible to win top fundraising prizes. This year’s prizes include a Nintendo Switch, a Sawyer Products recreation gift pack, and gift cards to local merchants. Participants can also run as part of a sponsored team, with the top fundraising team earning bragging rights and a year to display the UWP 5K handcrafted trophy made by Ugandan artist Collins Alinaitwe, UWP’s Project Manager.
The Ugandan Water Project is locally based in Bloomfield, NY. Started in 2008, UWP’s goal is to implement relational solutions that help Ugandans pull themselves out of poverty in a sustainable way so they can live the lives they were created for. The organization’s solution set includes rainwater collection systems, borehole well rehabilitation, and point-of-use filtration. Currently, 415 projects have been funded, bringing clean water to over 130,000 Ugandans.
For more information or to register for the UWP 5K Run/Walk, visit http://ugandanwaterproject.com/5k.