ORBIS @ GREAT ETHIOPIAN RUN 2017
We warmly invite passionate and adventurous Orbis donors and supporters to put their best feet forward and join us on a life-transforming journey to Ethiopia! This year, Orbis will once again organize a team of enthusiastic runners to compete Africa’s annual biggest road race - the Great Ethiopian Run. Taking place between November 22 to 28, the seven-day adventure will offer our team members a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for the visually impaired in Ethiopia. While in Ethiopia, everyone will also have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness our frontline sight-saving work first hand and also get a unique taste of Ethiopian culture.
Established in 2001 by global long-distance running legend, Haile Gebrselassie, the Great Ethiopian Run attracts over 30,000 international athletes to come to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and run a 10km race around 10,000 feet above sea level. Despite hailing from all corners of the globe, all runners at the event share a common goal – to make our world a better place! So join the Orbis Hong Kong & Macau team and raise funds that will bring the country’s visually impaired people closer to the dream of clear vision with every step you take!
Ethiopia has a blind population of 1.2 million. Trachoma, the leading cause of blindness in Ethiopia, afflicts approximately 21 million victims there. Trachoma is a highly infectious eye disease that easily spreads between infected and healthy eyes through flies, fingers or clothing. However, there are only 130 opthalmologists in Ethiopia. The lack of basic medical facilities, clean water and a hygienic environment only augments the severity of the issue. Participants will head south to Arba Minch to visit remote villages and hospitals to learn more about Orbis's sight-saving work in Ethiopia.
With the success of the Orbis Hong Kong & Macau team in the past years in which over HKD780,000 was raised, Orbis is now on the look-out to recruit passionate, kind-hearted runners to join the charity run. Participants are invited to support Orbis’s commitment to eliminating blinding trachoma and other diseases of the eye in Ethiopia, by raising a minimum donation of HK$10,000, in addition to travel costs, estimated at HK$22,000.
Enrol today! Join us on our journey, and help transform the lives of Ethiopia’s neediest people!
* Special thanks to Ethiopian Airlines for supporting this event
- Date: November 22 - 28, 2017
- Location: Ethiopia, Africa
- Available seats: 25 pax (first-come-first-served basis)
- Registration on or before June 30, 2017 : HKD22,000
- Registration on or before August 31, 2017: HKD23,800
In addition to the travel cost, participants are required to raise at least MOP10,000 for Orbis’s sight-saving projects in Ethiopia. We are happy to provide with you various fundraising tools.
- Enquiry/enrollment: (853) 2830 0787/ firstname.lastname@example.org (Ms Rhonda Chiang)
Let’s hear what last year’s participants say about the Great Ethiopian Run:
“Needlessly blind people here are way more courageous than me! Despite not knowing if they have any chance of medical treatment or cures for their visual problems, they remain incredibly optimistic about their future.”
-Inti Fu, blind marathon runner
“The journey to Africa is like a game of Tarot cards – I find new power and inspiration in every card I open!”
-Joey Leung, stage actor
“I am not a keen runner and I did not practise much for the Run. But I do realize that running can be turned into a meaningful deed when I could help the visually impaired restore their sight with every step I put forward!”
-Roxanne, Orbis donor
Official website of The Great Ethiopian Run: www.ethiopiarun.org