Join Us for the School Team Challenge at Run For The Water
Have the most participants on your team and win a group prize! Show your school spirit, lace up and participate in this uniquely transformative event, your entry to Run For The Water allows us to provide a person in Burundi with access to clean water – for life. Biggest team has the biggest impact! See you at the starting line!
Watch the short video, learn about the Gazelle Foundation’s mission.
Run For The Water: - Annual 5k, 10-miler and kids k held Downtown in Austin, Texas
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019, sign up is easy!
Distance: 5k, 10-miler and Kids k
Benefactor: the Gazelle Foundation
Fun Fact: Repeatedly named “Austin’s Best Race,” and best Non Profit”, Run For The Water draws thousands of runners and walkers each year.
All participants get a race shirt
Be a part of something special: Runners are treated to Burundian drummers at the finish line
For background, imagine a middle-school aged child, waking up every day without water and having to walk 1-3 miles to fetch water from a dirty river, before going to school. That is the only water a family would have to drink and cook with throughout the day. This is the reality for many middle school aged children in Burundi, Africa.
Why a running event?
“I didn’t have my first sip of good clean water until I was in the first grade.” —Gilbert Tuhabonye
Our story began long before our official formation in 2006.
It started on October 21, 1993 with Gilbert Tuhabonye, a Burundi survivor of the Hutu/Tutsi civil upheaval of the 1980’s and 90’s. Gilbert was a national champion runner as an 11th grader, but on this day, he would literally run for his life. When the centuries-old war between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes erupted, some of Gilbert’s Hutu classmates, parents, teachers and other Hutu tribesmen forced more than a hundred Tutsi children and teachers into a room where they beat and burned them to death. Gilbert, on fire, ran to freedom, and survived this horrific event.
In 2006, Gilbert wrote This Voice in My Heart, an autobiographical account of his upbringing and his tale of survival. The response to this touching book was overwhelming, creating an outpouring of people who wanted to help. The solution is through the Gazelle Foundation where Gilbert, our dynamic board of directors, and hundreds of volunteers work tirelessly to bring awareness to the needs of the Burundian people while educating our local community about the importance of the global water crisis and the need for humanitarian aid in Burundi. And the story continues to this day.
In addition, learning about the experience of children around the world and helping to improve their lives the School Team Challenge: Run For The Water aligns with one of the core tenets of CASEL, AISD Social and Emotional Learning Framework, Social awareness. Participating in the School Team Challenge is an opportunity to grow the social awareness of all students at your school and can be incorporated in to a multi-disciplinary unit on water quality, social studies and physical education.