‘Freedom Run’ aims to help Afghan school girls

On June 26 the first annual Aldergrove Freedom Run 5000, a 2-, 5- and 10-km walk and fun run will take place.

On June 26 the first annual Aldergrove Freedom Run 5000, a 2-, 5- and 10-km walk and fun run will take place.

Freedom Run 5000 is an event to bring education to the children of Afghanistan by building 100 classrooms.

ADRA Canada, with A Better World Canada, is working to make the dream of hope and opportunity for the children a reality. The first 16 of the 100 classrooms will be completed by the race date.

The Freedom Run takes place at Fraser Valley Adventist Academy, 26026 – 48 Ave., Aldergrove on June 26 at 9 a.m. Cost for entrants is 10k $35, 5k $25, and 2k $15. For information see website http://www.freedomrun5000.org or call 604-607-3822.

University students in Lacombe, Alberta founded Freedom Run 5000 in 2009. There was recently a team from A Better World in Afghanistan, attending the grand opening for the first 16 classrooms, and making plans for the future: follow their journey at www.a-better-world.ca

A Better World is a central Alberta based international development organization that was founded in 1990. It is supported and managed entirely by a diverse group of volunteers dedicated to improving lives. ABW is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that partners with communities in Afghanistan, Tibet, Bolivia, India, and Eastern Africa to provide developmental aid.

ADRA Canada is an independent humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church whose mission is to work with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. Their vision is to achieve a world without poverty.

The race is on! A 2011 Recumbent Bike (Stowaway Folding Tadpole Trike) valued at $2,000 will be given to the top overall fundraiser. It is sponsored by Running Room in Abbotsford.

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