Okanagan College students rally in support of fundraiser

Okanagan College students Sara Lane and Josh Verigin are helping raise funds for Partners in the Horn of Africa through a project in their Social Entrepreneurship Course.

Partners in the Horn of Africa is an Enderby-based charity that works in Ethiopia, focusing on the areas of greatest need—infrastructure improvement, health and welfare and women’s anti-poverty projects.

In 2005, a small group of local women created A Great Big Run for Africa, a 100 km relay from West Kelowna to Enderby, to raise money for Partners’ micro-financing program.

Over the last six years more than $120,000 has been raised with 100 per cent of donations going to the projects in Ethiopia.

A Great Big Run for Africa has enabled thousands of Ethiopian women to create better lives for themselves and their families through the creation of their own small business with training and a micro-financing loan.

In addition to their involvement with a Great Big Run for Africa, founders are now working with business students from Okanagan College to create The Tiny Little Run for Africa.

The Tiny Little Run for Africa will consist of a mini-run around the Kelowna campus.

Community members are encouraged to run the campus parameters and provide donations to support the Partners in the Horn of Africa. As little as a $70 loan will enable an Ethiopian woman to start her very own business.

“As an educator by training, I am thrilled to see the students at Okanagan College take up this cause and organize a Tiny Little Run for Africa. In my academic work, I have always practiced and advocated for a ‘world-minded’ approach to teaching and learning,” said Sabine Lehr, associate executive director of Partners in the Horn of Africa.

“By supporting the work of Partners, the OC students demonstrate their engagement with a part of the world where people—especially women—have much fewer life and educational choices than the average young Canadian, and have very limited opportunities to pursue an academic career.”

The Tiny Little Run for Africa will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11a.m. till 2 p.m.

A fundraiser BBQ will take place following the run at Clancy’s Meat Co. within the Mission Shopping Center.

All proceeds generated will be donated to Partners in the Horn, which will aid in the economic development of Ethiopian communities.

For more information regarding Partners in the Horn of Africa please visit


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