Villagers at 30 locales in Uganda, Africa, will have an opportunity for a better life because of the 700 or so attendees at Run4Water, a 5K and 1K run and charity festival held April 23 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.
San Juan Capistrano resident Nick Jordan said his nonprofit Wells of Life will be able to build 30 water wells as a result of the event, which netted about $160,000 for the cause. Wells of Life has already built 252 wells in Uganda, Jordan said.
“Today we saw a wave of generosity among hundreds of people,” he said in a news release, announcing that the event attracted 38 teams, more than 600 race participants and others who didn’t run or walk but took part in a full morning of activities including music, food booths, opportunity drawings and exhibits.
There were prize incentives for top-fundraising teams organized by schools, churches and businesses.
While teams were given a $6,000 goal, the top fundraising teams were Mater Dei High School ($18,201), Servite High School ($12,171) and a group of young girls calling themselves Young Flowers ($9,003), the news release said.
By: Fred Swegles