DAI Sponsors 5K Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Linda Norgrove Foundation
The 5K event was held on Rock Creek Trail on Saturday, October 5
Bethesda-based DAI held its second annual fundraising run/walk October 5 for the Linda Norgrove Foundation. The 5K event—held on Rock Creek Trail—raised more than $4,000 for the foundation, founded in honor of Linda Norgrove.
A DAI employee, Linda was kidnapped September 26, 2010, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, and died October 8 during a rescue attempt by U.S. forces. Norgrove was working on the Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East, and West Program.
After the tragedy, her parents created the Linda Norgrove Foundation to support development in Afghanistan, and the advancement of women and children in particular. The foundation is a grant-giving trust that funds education, health, and childcare for Afghan women and children affected by the war.
The organization held runs across the world on October 5, including in the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Sarajevo, Liberia, and Portugal. This year the worldwide events raised money for constructing water storage tanks for two communities, in the Balkh province of Afghanistan, providing drinking water storage and supply for 3,000 villagers. Clean drinking water is particularly important to children under 5 as they are more susceptible to infection from waterborne diseases.
This year’s fun run in Bethesda raised more than one-third of the funds needed to complete the clean water project. The run started at Cedar Lane Park continuing out and back on Rock Creek Trail. More than 70 runners and walkers participated in the Bethesda event.
DAI thanks the Montgomery County Parks Department for use of the facilities, Park Police for monitoring traffic, and the George Washington Cross Country team for providing volunteers.
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