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 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 team in the past years in which over HK$780,000 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 (on a first-come-first-served basis)
Registration on or before 30 June, 2017 (Enjoy early-bird discount)
(Travel cost) HK $22,000 + Raise HK$10,000 in sponsorship
Registration on or before 30 August, 2017
(Travel cost) HK $23,800 + Raise HK$10,000 in sponsorship
Enquiry: 2508 7008/ email@example.com (Ms. Tephenie Lee)
Let’s hear what last year’s participants say about the Great Ethiopian Run:
“I am a passionate runner and fond of taking part in large-scale marathon races overseas. Following Orbis to this 10km road race in Ethiopia does not make it an easier run because running for vision is simply different. It is a meaningful race that requires high capacity of endurance and perseverance.”
– Rebecca, Orbis donor
“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
“My single journey to Ethiopia with Orbis surpassed my every experience of travelling to other 60 countries in transforming my life. With the first-hand experience in Ethiopia, it allows me to share the great moments and memories with my friends and family, as well as to encourage people around me to join this life-changing journey.”
– Roxanne, Orbis donor
Official website of The Great Ethiopian Run: www.ethiopiarun.org