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Run for social justice in Africa

Friday, April 9, 2010

Africa bagsThe FAAST Fun Run 5K scheduled for April 18 will raise money for BeadforLife in Malawi and Help Self Help Center in Kenya. Free drink and food, along with a social justice fair, will be other race day activities.

The race starts at 9 a.m. in Bosco Plaza on the K-State campus. Cost is $10 or $25 for a team of three runners.

FAAST stands for Fair trade Awareness, Africa’s Sustainability, Together. One of the coordinators is Courtney Held, a senior in dietetics and public health nutrition.

“Together we can make a difference. Simple acts, such as purchasing fair trade food and gift items can make dramatic changes in the lives of people across the globe,” she said.

Instead of selling T-shirts for this race, participants have the option of purchasing a fair trade canvas bag made by women in Kenya and Malawi. To make the bags, women are paid a fair wage with which they pay school fees for their children and buy food.

Runners may register in the Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14-16, online on the FAAST Fun Run 5K web site or at 8 a.m. on race day.

More than 130 runners raised $2,000 last year, according to Held.

This article was posted on Friday, April 9, 2010, and is filed under Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.