JavaJog Welcomes Sponsors for 2015 Run for Ethiopia

2015 JJFC

JavaJog for a Cause organizers welcome 2015 sponsors for the third annual run in Seattle to benefit coffee women in Ethiopia. Starbucks and Metad Plc have signed on as Gold sponsors for the event, with Equal Exchange, Baratza, Spark Technologies and Schluter providing Silver level support, and Equator Coffees & Teas as Bronze level support. Roast Magazine is our Media Sponsor. JavaJog 2015 will be held April 10, starting in Seattle’s South Lake Union Park.

“We are grateful to all our sponsors for this year’s race, says Kimberly Easson, co-founder of the event, which was launched in early 2013 by Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo, as a way to bring together fun and fitness in the coffee community – all to benefit a great cause. “With their generous support, we are able to bring the race to Seattle, and help us reach our goal of $40,000. JavaJog is still welcoming additional sponsors and runners for the event,” she adds. Last years event brought together more than 200 runners and walkers who raised more than $35,000 for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The support from our sponsors, Starbucks, Metad, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Schluter, Spark Technologies, Equator and Roast Magazine will go a long way in helping us raise awareness and funds for women in coffee farming communities in Ethiopia,” explains Easson.

2014: 10 K starters
2014: 10 K starters

The goal for the Seattle 2015 JavaJog is 300 runners and $40,000 raised for women in coffee farming communities in Ethiopia. “While a much larger goal than last year, we wanted to set a goal that would allow us to raise more money for the cause,” explains Easson. “There are many great organizations doing work in Ethiopia including Grounds for Health, Girls Gotta Run, IWCA Ethiopia, Common River, and Amaro Gayo. And, by raising more money, we can invest in activities across the region working together with local community based organizations. There is no doubt that the need is great, and if we can strengthen our impact through sponsorships and a goal of 300 runners, $40K seemed like a realistic number.”

JavaJog’s ‘Founders Run’ was held in Boston, April 12, 2013. Fifteen runners participated, raising $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC.

For more information about our sponsors, visit Starbucks, Metad Plc, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Spark Coffee Technologies, Schluter, Equator and Roast Magazine websites.
To sign up for this year’s run, or to support the cause, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site. For more information about the cause, visit JavaJog.org.
For more information about the race or sponsorship opportunities, contact javajog@gmail.com or 202-657-5788.

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