12th annual Zimbabwe run and fair returns Sunday

Photo Courtesy Of Ellen Clark Zimbabwean runner Gray Mavhera is scheduled to visit the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans event Sunday.

The 12th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Community Fair is scheduled Sunday at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The annual event benefits the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe. The Sustainable Living Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2003 by the Clark family of Los Altos, coordinates the run and arranges for funds to go directly to the director of the orphanage.

Gray Mavhera, known as Zimbabwe’s best runner in the early 1990s, is participating in the event for the second time.

Scheduled races include 220 yards for preschoolers, 1/2 mile for kindergartners and 1 mile for first-graders through adults.

The event also features a sampling of Zimbabwe art, food and music. Zimbabwean Angela Gora is cooking a sadza feast for the crowd to enjoy. Sadza, a cornmeal porridge, is the staple of Zimbab-we. Two groups are scheduled to provide the entertainment: the band Sadza from Santa Cruz County and the Chinyakare Ensemble from Oakland.

A children’s art show featuring African art will honor the best entries from preschoolers through high-schoolers. In addition, artwork from the Batsirani Foundation will be on display and available for purchase.

The run costs $5 to enter. Donations are accepted, and participants may sponsor a child.

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