By Laura Everage, Family Eats (Reprinted from the SCAA Chronicle, April 12, 2015)
The 3rd annual Java Jog for a Cause was held Friday morning, April 10, 2015 at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. Nearly 200 runners joined the early morning 10k/5k run which brought together the coffee community for a fun event that helped raise money for a great cause.
This year, Java Jog fundraising efforts will benefit the women of coffee growing communities in Ethiopia. To date, team and individual runners have raised nearly $25,000 for the cause.
Funds raised from Java Jog 2015 will be invested in organizations that work locally to address issues facing Ethiopian women in a variety of areas such as health, productivity, training, leadership, and advocacy. Java Jog organizers are working with coffee partners on the ground in Ethiopia, identifying potential recipients for this year’s funds. Key groups have been invited to submit proposals, which will be reviewed by an independent committee. Reports of the use of the funds will be made public on the Java Jog website.
“Our goal with Java Jog is to help empower women in coffee-growing communities as they struggle against political turmoil, domestic violence, lack of education, insufficient access to healthcare, and much more. We are thankful to all the sponsors, supporters, and runners of Java Jog 2015 whose efforts will benefit the women of Ethiopia,” said Kimberly Easson, one of the founders of Java Jog.
Java Jog for a Cause was established in 2013 by Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo. The Founders’ Run was held in Boston with 15 runners and raised $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmers’ cooperative in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Java Jog 2014 benefitted coffee-farming women in the DRC as well.
Java Jog for a Cause 2015 is generously sponsored by Starbucks, Metad Plc, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Spark Coffee Technologies, Schluter, Equator Coffees & Teas and Roast Magazine. Donations will continue to be accepted until April 30. To support the cause, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site. To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog.org.
Laura Everage is a writer, editor, and the founder of FamilyEats.net.