Harvest Half 2020 – Masks for Kenya

Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada and Run Waterloo have decided to replace our annual Harvest Half Marathon with a Virtual Race in 2020. This will not only provide runners in Canada with an opportunity to participate in a virtual race, but at the same time, it will help protect people in Kenya by providing them with face masks. Non runners are welcome to support our “Masks for Kenya” project by sponsoring a runner or making a charitable donation (click donate and chose the donation only option)

Wesley Korir, KKFC cofounder and Harvest Half Marathon record holder talks with Jordan Schmidt of Run Waterloo about our 2020 virtual races and Masks for Kenya project.

COVID-19 is a global pandemic affecting almost every nation in the world.  The threat in Canada has been significant. Thousands of people have lost their lives and we have all had our lives changed in so many ways!  However, the threat to people living in an impoverished country, such as Kenya, is far more serious. Many areas in Kenya do not have the medical capacity to respond effectively to the threat of COVID-19. There is also limited access to clean water which compounds the problems posed by the pandemic. However, the wearing of personal face masks in public spaces has been shown to be an effective and low cost way of limiting the spread of this disease. 

This year we are asking runners to register for our virtual Harvest Half races by making a donation to our “Masks for Kenya” project.  For every $1 donated, Kenyan workers will make and distribute one mask to an impoverished person living in Cherangany Kenya. We suggest that you donate at least $1 per km of your race distance (i.e. $21 for the Half Marathon). Larger donations and donations from non-runners are most welcome. (Tax receipts will be issued for donations of more than $20 – please ensure that you provide us with your mailing address and email so we can complete your tax receipt.)

A second benefit of our “Masks for Kenya” Project is that it will provide much needed income to local workers who will be sewing and distributing the masks. By supporting local Kenyan manufacturing, this project will empower Kenyans, providing them with job opportunities and income to support their families.

Making masks in Kenya
Local Kenyans making masks in Cherangany, Kenya

How to participate;

  1. Click the donate button below to register as a virtual race participant or as a sponsor/donor. (anytime between now and Sept. 30, 2020)
  2. Run your race and record your time. (anytime before Sept. 30, 2020)
  3. Submit your results and perhaps a photo of your run on the link provided (sent after you register)
  4. Check the full results at Run Waterloo in early October to see how you did!

Please share with others – both runners and non-runners.

Finished Masks
Finished Masks – ready for distribution

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