Congratulations to our Great Ethiopian Run fundraisers | Orbis

Congratulations to our Great Ethiopian Run fundraisers

Thanks to all our runners who took part in support of Orbis UK.

Six people ready to run the Great Ethiopian Run for Orbis, holding a banner

Congratulations to our incredible supporters from Team Orbis UK who took part in the Great Ethiopian Run on 19 November.

Established in 2001 by one of the world's greatest long-distance runners, Haile Gebrselassie, the 10k run takes place in Addis Ababa each year.

This year 40,000 people took to the streets to take part in Africa's biggest road race, and a carnival atmosphere took over the city.

Five fantastic runners took on the challenge for Orbis UK. These included trustees Yvette Dunne, Mona Khan and Nicola Floyd, as well as donors Jolyon Fallon and Sunil Ruia.

Two woman at the Great Ethiopian Run

The runners have raised vital funds to help us eliminate trachoma in Ethiopia and provide eye-care treatments in countries all over the world, creating long-term sustainable solutions to combat avoidable blindness.

As part of their visit, the fundraisers also had the chance to witness Orbis at work in the local community. They visited a number of Orbis funded projects, including a rural school to hear from students and teachers about how Orbis funded awareness raising, eye screening and wash facilities is helping to tackle the spread of trachoma.

They also visited a rural clinic to see first-hand how patients with trachoma are being treated and an eye hospital in Addis Ababa that is delivering comprehensive eye care.

Man standing above a crowd holding a medal

Make Trachoma History

Trachoma is a bacterial infection that can cause blindness, and 55% of people at risk from trachoma now live in Ethiopia.

Since we began our fight against trachoma 20 years ago, millions of people across Ethiopia have been reached by Orbis-funded eye care teams. Help Orbis end trachoma for good by pledging your name below.

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