Five Run to Care runners start their four-day ultramarathon in Meulaboh, Aceh, on Monday. (Photo courtesy of SOS Children's Villages Indonesia)
Five Runners Dedicate Ultramarathon to Children of Aceh
NOVEMBER 19, 2019
Jakarta. Five runners from Run to Care started their four-day ultramarathon on Monday to raise funds for the care, education and health of children in Aceh under the care of Vienna-based non-profit organization SOS Children's Villages.
The runners – author Nicky Hogan, sports enthusiast Carla Felany, charity runners Gatot Sudariyono and Beny Syaaf Jafar and actor Vonny Anggraini – began their run from the coastal city of Meulaboh, ground zero of the Aceh tsunami disaster 15 years ago.
The runners will complete a 250-kilometer run in four days, tracking regions that were destroyed by the deadly tsunami.
They will pass through Samatiga, Krueng Sabee, Kuala Bakong Sampoiniet, Mount Geurutee, Blang Me, Mount Kulu, Leupeung, Lhoknga and Ulee Lheue, before finishing at the SOS Children's Village headquarters in Banda Aceh on Thursday.
Run to Care is also doing fundraising through its website, runtocare.com, until Nov. 30, for children under the care of SOS Children's Villages Indonesia.
Mifa Bersaudara, Yuk Nabung Saham, Bank Mandiri, BeritaSatu Media Holdings, League, Sarana Multi Infrastruktur and eight running communities have joined as partners to support the event.
"We are confident this humanitarian mission will help the 250 children under the care of SOS Children's Villages. As our hashtag says, we want them to be #AnakAcehHebat [great children of Aceh]," Sumanda Tondang, fund development and communication director of SOS Children's Villages Indonesia, said.
The non-profit organization came to Aceh after the tsunami and has since establish two villages to care for children affected by the tsunami in Meulaboh and Banda Aceh.
Today, SOS Children's Villages Indonesia has similar facilities in eight other cities – Lembang, Jakarta, Bogor, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Tabanan, Maumere and Medan – and takes care of a total of 5,400 children in need.