The first ever 5K Run for Malawi to benefit Daughters of Toleza Scholarship and Educate Malawi was held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. We had 113 participants come out to run a 3 mile loop on a scenic, stone-dust, packed dirt trail around beautiful Whiting Reservoir at 14 Mt. Park Road in Holyoke, MA.
Congratulations to Eric Kirouac, age 17, the overall male winner with a time of 19m40s and to Lily Patterson, age 25, the overall female winner with a time of 20m56s!
$2400 in proceeds from this race were split between two non-profits, Daughters of Toleza Scholarship Fund and Educate Malawi. Both organizations are working ambitiously to help girls in Malawi fight against cultural and financial odds to graduate high school in a country where high school is neither required nor publicly funded. Girls rarely get the opportunity to go to high school and it is this that perpetuates poverty. Educated girls are self-sufficient, they delay marriage, earn more wages in their lifetime, have smaller, healthier families, and pass the value of education on to the next generation. Read more about this amazing cause and pursuit to end poverty at www.girleffect.org and about the benefiting organization at www.daughtersoftoleza.org at the sponsor organization of the Race and of Daughters of Toleza www.educate-malawi.org.
More information about the race can be found at http://runformalawi.weebly.com.