On October 21, 1993 Gilbert Tuhabonye, who was in the 11th grade and a national champion runner, literally ran for his life. When the centuries-old war between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes erupted in Burundi, Gilbert, along with a hundred Tutsi classmates and teachers, were forced into a room where they were beaten and burned to death. Gilbert, on fire, ran to freedom, and survived this horrific event.
To honor the anniversary of that tragic day 24 year ago, and Gilbert's second chance at life, the Foundation, supporters, friends and fellow Gazelles gathered with Gilbert and filled our water jugs with water from Lady Bird Lake and carried them up to the Capitol building. The walk is to remind everyone of how difficult and how far it is for most people in Burundi get water on a daily basis. We hope our short walk with water will encourage you to support the Gazelle Foundation's mission of bringing clean water systems to the people of Burundi and to register for Run for the Water.
In the words of Gilbert this morning, "Whatever you do, do it with Joy!"