Organisers of the IAAF Bronze Label Okpekpe international 10km road race have unveiled three Charity Partners for the fourth edition of the race which holds this Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo state.
Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan revealed that the first Charity run will be for breast cancer which will be anchored by Miss Nigeria in conjunction with Sebeccly Cancer Care.
‘’Sebeccly Cancer Care is dedicated to cancer prevention and committed to helping more women survive breast cancer in Nigeria. They want to use the Okpekpe 10km road race to raise awareness about the causes and prevention of breast cancer as well as screen the rural women for breast cancer,” said Esan.
The second Charity will be for the orphanage by We Care Trust which is a pet project of Mrs Lara Oshiomhole, wife of the Executive Governor of Edo state.
“Mrs Oshiomhole is so passionate about children in the orphanages and has partnered with us to let people know their plight as well as raise funds for them while the third Charity run will be for safer roads and fuller lives by the Federal Road Safety Commission,” Esan, who revealed Saturday’s race is not about the prize money, said.
‘The Okpekpe international 10km road race is not all about running for the prize money. All over the world people have seen the power of sport to raise funds and awareness about any project or cause and road running have been a very veritable vehicle for achieving this purpose,”he said.
‘This year we are introducing another dimension to the race as many of the runners will be racing for humanity. While the elite athletes will traditionally be running for the money, others will be running for the Charity of their choice to promote the awareness about breast cancer, about children in the orphanages who need our care and trust and of course about our roads which we want to make safer,” Esan said.
“Apart from the three Charities offering guaranteed entries to run in the race on Saturday, each Charity also offers their own benefits to their fundraisers. A Charity that benefits enormously from runners’ efforts is Hope for Children. Hope raises about £1m per annum but nearly £100,000 of that comes from runners at the Edinburgh Marathon.
The Charity supports 300 projects around the world. This is the culture we want to start building with the Okpekpe international 10km road race,” Esan stressed.