Victorians Rob Tournour, Alana Jones, her father Randy Jones and Sumitra Longley-Bramfitt want to see you in East Sooke Park on Sunday, March 11 for a trail race. This is not just any trail race; it will be an opportunity for runners, hikers and walkers of all abilities to assist the team to raise donations for their project dubbed, Another Brick in Nepal.
Another Brick in Nepal (ABIN) is a not-for-profit organization that was put together by the quartette for the purpose of helping the earthquake-torn country from the effects of the devastating shaker that took place on April 25, 2015, which left the country levelled.
Also known as the Gorkha earthquake, it was the worst natural disaster to hit the country since 1934. The 7.8 earthquake triggered a landslide on Mt. Everest, killing 21 people. Subsequent aftershocks and a second large earthquake (7.3) a month later left the country flattened and the death toll to at least 8,800. Approximately one million homes were destroyed.
The morning after, while Tournour was drinking his coffee and looking at a photo of the devastation in the Globe and Mail, he began thinking of how he could help out in Nepal.
Days later he approached his friend Randy Jones, who had been to Nepal and had numerous contacts over there. Tournour and Jones planned a trip to assess what they could do to help out.
“It was determined that building a school in one of the remote areas of Nepal, a small village called Apchaur, that was most devastated by the earthquake, would be the best solution,” added Alana Jones.
When Tournour and (Randy) Jones returned to Canada, they formed ABIN and set about the arduous process of applying for not-for-profit status and raising funds to start building the school.
So far, they have raised nearly $30,000 and the foundation is already being poured for the six-room school. They need to raise another $20,000 to complete the project.
The Prairie Inn Harriers running club, the largest running club in Canada, is on board too. Known for their fundraising efforts through charity runs and races, they will assist with the East Sooke Park trail race.
The race at East Sooke Park includes three distances, 10K, 5K and a kid’s 1K fun run. A barbeque will follow.
“We are excited to have people come out to the event and find out more about our project,” added Alana Jones.
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 am sharp
Location: Aylard Farm, East Sooke Park
Distances: 10K and 5K
Entry Fees: $25.00 Pre-Race and $30.00 Day-of-Race
Package Pick-up: 7:00 am to 9:00 am at the Start Line on race day
Awards: Top 3 men and women and several attractive draw prizes
Results: Available on Harriers website www.pih.bc.ca
Information: Randy Jones 250-893-9446 or Alana Jones firstname.lastname@example.org