12:52 p.m., Oct. 28, 2010----The University of Delaware chapter of Engineers Without Borders (UD-EWB) will hold a 5-kilometer race Sunday, Nov. 14, at noon, to benefit sustainable engineering solutions for villages in Cameroon, Africa, and Guatemala.
The UD student chapter decided on a 5K race as a way to inform the local community about their efforts to impact villagers across the globe.
“Finding new audiences is an important way to spread awareness beyond the UD campus about our cause and the people whose lives we are working to improve,” explains Brittany Debord, a junior engineering and Honors Program student and EWB fundraising chair.
Race day registration begins at 11 a.m. in the Christiana Towers Commons. The course is USA Track and Field (USATF) certified and digital chip timing is available. Prizes are awarded to the overall top male and female finishers, along with additional awards in ten-year age groups 13 under through 70-plus.
For additional details and to register online visit the Races2Run website.
The race is sponsored by Pennoni Associates, George and Lynch CertaPro Painters, Eastern Highway Specialists, Vandemark and Lynch and Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Other supporters include Newark Deli and Bagel and Sigma Phi Delta.
EWB-USA is a non-profit, humanitarian organization devoted to creating a world where everyone has access to adequate sanitation, safe drinking water and resources to meet their basic needs.
UD's student chapter has been making a difference in the lives of villagers in Bamendjou, Cameroon, located in Central Africa, since June 2007. A total of eight teams have traveled to Bamendjou to assess the community's needs for safe drinking water, establish immediate improvements and implement plans for long-term solutions.
Most recently, a EWB-UD group led the construction of a 20,000-liter ferro-cement water tank that will serve as the reservoir for the community's planned distribution system.
In Guatemala, UD students have been working since late 2008 to construct a much-needed bridge in the farming community of San Jose Petacalapa.
Funds raised through the 5K race will support these and other similar EWB-UD projects in the future.
Article by Karen B. Roberts