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Summerside run supporting P.E.I.-Kenya partnership

Farmers Helping Farmers run set for Saturday

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 19, 2017

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – For nearly four decades, farmers in Prince Edward Island have been helping farmers in the African nation of Kenya, and, for the past eight years, a fundraising run has been happening here to support that cause.
The annual Farmers Helping Farmers 10 Miler & 5 Miler will take place in Summerside on Saturday, Sept. 23.
“The money collected for their efforts goes to a twinned school in Africa,” explained race director Mike MacKinnon. “This is our eighth year, and they have helped that school get latrines, clean water, water storage, books, infrastructure for electricity and gardens for school lunches.”

The eighth annual Farmers Helping Farmers 10 Miler & 5 Miler will take place in Summerside, P.E.I. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

j. norman-bain photo

Originally established in the nearby community of Miscouche, the race was moved to Three Oaks Senior High, where students help organize the event, and manage it on race day.
It is looked after mainly by the school’s Me to We group, according to MacKinnon, a teacher at the school.
“It’s to promote healthy living, run along the water and appreciate the outside,” he said. “And it’s to give students a chance to fundraise for something that does not directly benefit them, like trips and sports.”
The out-and-back course takes runners through Heather Moyse Park before heading to the Summerside boardwalk, which goes along the water to the end, and then heads back to the school.
MacKinnon is hoping for a good turnout, despite the trend of recent years.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a decline in numbers in the last two years,” he said. “There are a lot more events, so I think that may be the reason. I would love to see 50-plus.”
Farmers Helping Farmers is a global partnership between people from Prince Edward Island and Kenyan farmers and families, with hundreds of development projects carried out in Kenya since 1980, valuing more than $10 million.
For more on the Farmers Helping Farmers 10 Miler & 5 Miler, visit here .