The founders committee for JavaJog for a Cause, an annual event that raises money and awareness for women in coffee producing communities, announces that no official run will be held in 2016 in Atlanta, but has recommitted to holding the popular event again in 2017 in Seattle. Traditionally held in conjunction with the SCAA Annual Conference and Exhibition, JavaJog has raised more than $65,000 for women in coffee growing communities since it’s inception in 2013.
Citing the increased logistics and cost of running the event in Atlanta, where the SCAA will hold its annual conference and exhibition in 2016, JavaJog organizers have made the decision to postpone the event until 2017, when the SCAA returns to Seattle.
“We remain committed to raising awareness and money for women in coffee growing communities throughout the world. By holding off this year, and returning to Seattle in 2017, where the logistics to run and promote the race are already in place, and the costs associated with producing the event are less, we can ensure the beneficiaries of the race will receive maximum support,” explains Kimberly Easson, co founder of JavaJog for a Cause.
The JavaJog organizing committee remains committed to producing another great fun run and fundraiser when the SCAA returns to Seattle in 2017. “By focusing our efforts on making the 2017 and 2018 runs in Seattle bigger and better, we are confident that our mission to connect women to the coffee community and funnel resources to projects that enable them to improve their position, their well-being and that of their families, farms, communities and organizations, will be met,” Easson added.
Established early in 2013 by Kimberly 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 farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC. JavaJog 2014 raised more than $35,000 for coffee-farming women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The $23,000 raised in the 2015 JavaJog for a Cause has been awarded to two organizations working to better the lives of women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia: Grounds for Health in partnership with Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and the Girls Gotta Run Foundation.
“We want to thank all the runners, supporters and sponsors who have participated in JavaJog since its inception. With your support, women around the world have benefited from this great fundraiser,” said Easson.
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