ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Get ready to get colorful this Saturday with Embrace It Africa’s 2.5 mile Color Me Happy run/walk.

The run/walk begins at noon on the lawn outside Hickey Dining Hall on the St. Bonaventure University campus. Registration is $10 and can be done online or Saturday at 11 a.m. prior to the event. 

In a color run, the participants are doused with colored powder at certain spots throughout the route. Participants are encouraged to wear a white shirt.

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Embrace It Africa Inc. is a nonprofit organization started by St. Bonaventure students in the summer of 2008. Its mission is to encourage growth and development in communities in the country of Uganda and also locally around Olean and Allegany.

Amanda Saeli, a member of St. Bonaventure’s Class of 2017, is excited to be involved in the event.

“Donations are critical for Embrace it Africa right now. We’ve just kicked off our microfinance institution and are finishing building our medical clinic. On top of those needs, we’re constantly caring for 500-plus students and orphans with food, clothing and school supplies. Every donation is sure to have a huge impact on these efforts,” she said.

All of the proceeds from this event will directly benefit Embrace it Africa’s projects. The nonprofit tackles multiple projects to promote sustainable economic development in a community in southern Uganda. Sustainable projects address the issues of poverty, access to education, and public health. The charity works closely with a school and orphanage in the area as well as an HIV/AIDS widows group.

The Color Me Happy color run will include a free T-shirt, free food, colorful lawn games, and a performance by ASIA (Asian Students in Action). St. Bonaventure students can register online at https://sbu.afford.com/PayNow; where it says “This payment goes toward,” select “Embrace it Africa Walk/Run ‘Color Me Happy.’”

For more information, contact Angela Reisner (areisner@sbu.edu), Jordan Boland (bolandjr14@bonaventure.edu) or Armon Panahi (panahia14@bonaventure.edu).