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

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


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: or

More information is available at: real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, Info Hotline: 030

/ 30 12 88 10 Email: Internet: German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe),

Aktionsbüro, Tel 0228 / 22 88 160 E-Mail: - Internet: