Run for Ethiopia: SLU-Madrid's 5K Fundraiser


More than 100 runners, walkers and sideline supporters came together for the semiannual SLU-Madrid run for a cause. This semester's event raised more than 500 € for the Salesian Sisters Mission in Zway, Ethiopia. Faculty, staff, students, host families and even dogs ran, walked, jumped and even skipped through Madrid's Retiro Park, showing their support for the cause, getting some exercise and, of course, enjoying the company. 

"My favorite part of the event is spending the day with the community," remarked Sports Director César Rioja Alvarez, who organized the run. "It is a great opportunity for students, teachers, staff, families and even pets to enjoy a day together." 

More about the Salesian Mission in Zway

The Salesian Sisters founded the Mission in Zway in 1986 with the aim of promoting education, especially for girls who, as in most developing countries, often only have very limited access to education. The mission offers pre-school, primary and secondary education as well as undergraduate teacher training, fashion design and information technology courses. The graduate employment rate for the latter two courses is at present 100%.

For the last 10 years, SLU-Madrid students have spent the month of August in Zway, working alongside the Ethiopian teachers in the classroom and helping run after school activities and games at the Mary Help Secondary School. Collaboration with the Mission is just one of the ways the community endeavors to live the Jesuit mission and make a positive impact on our communities. Hundreds of SLU-Madrid students volunteer while studying in Madrid. Find out more about service opportunities from Program Assistant, Paloma Gómez de Salazar Cordero in Student Life.

April 7, 2017
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