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Charity Partnership between the real,- BERLIN MARATHON and German Agro Action:

The donation barometer has already reached over 20,000 €

2003-08-29

Donations for Iraqi aid and the Ethiopian project of the German Agro Action (Welthungerhilfe)

Berlin/Bonn. For the second time, the German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe) will be at the start on September 27 + 28, 2003, as the charity partner of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. The aim of the partnership with the event organiser SCC-RUNNING is to help people in Iraq and in the running nation Ethiopia through sport. Last year the fantastic sum of 35,000€ was collected for charity. This year through the marathon registrations, more than 20,000€ has already been collected for post-war Iraq by the participants.

Two projects – a common goal
The charity money collected in 2003 under the motto “United we run for Life“ will be used for the Iraqi and Ethiopian aid projects of the German Agro Action. The Ethiopia project of German Agro Action has as its primary goal lasting and long-term assistance in the communities around Butajira (about 140 km south of the capital Addis Abeba). To achieve this goal, the German Agro Action and the Ethiopian Rural Community Water Development Organisation (COWDO) have been working together for the past ten years. COWDO provides water for families and villages. In 2003, a further 2,400 people are to receive clean drinking water. The aid includes building a new well, the organisation of an independent local water committee for self-help, the training of local water technicians, as well as hygiene counselling. Visible successes can already be seen. Most of all, women and girls are profiting from the project. Through the improvements in the water supply, their daily workload has been greatly reduced. Especially the girls now have time for their schooling.

A sporting means for active contribution
The organisers of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and the German Agro Action are convinced that an especially active contribution is possible through sport. For this reason, they would like to make an appeal to support these projects. The runners can either get sponsors by the km or minute, or one can make donations directly to the German Agro Action project via the online registration for the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. Whoever would still like to take part in this opportunity to help can do so at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON at:

www.berlin-marathon.com or www.welthungerhilfe.de.

More information is available at: real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, Info Hotline: 030 / 30 12 88 10 Email: mailto:info@berlin-marathon.com- Internet: www.berlin-marathon.com German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe), Aktionsbüro, Tel 0228 / 22 88 160 E-Mail: lebenslaeufe@dwhh.de - Internet: http://www.welthungerhilfe.de/


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