Great Global Friendship Run Inaugural Events

Special Run Events – Hawassa, Ethiopia, Africa June 1–16, 2013

GGFR Launches In Ethiopia, Africa

    • Stan Cottrell will run into the Soccer Stadium in the middle of Hawassa and deliver a keynote address before an anticipated crowd of 60,000.
    • June 8th, Stan Cottrell participate with Dr. Jerry Spencer in a giant rally following the presentation of awards for the 5k Run involving more than 1,000 runners who will be wearing T-shirts with The Great Global Friendship Run on the front.
    • Stan’s two weeks in Ethiopia will be packed with events … speaking at orphanages and schools and churches… meeting the President of the country and other dignitaries and business leaders, with the blessing of the Ethiopian Evangelical Council, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mayor and Hawassa City Administration Sports Council… reaching out to the people who feel they are insignificant, those who feel they are the unknown, the forgotten…
    • Stan will be running… This 70-year-old ultra distance runner 70 miles spread over two days through villages, orphanages, schools…shaking hands, joined by local runners… mirroring the Global Run he will be making over the next six years around the world spreading the spirit of friendship in a rare people-to-people diplomacy, with mega civic, cultural, business and children’s events, and raising over $1Billion for the world’s orphans!
    • Award-winning filmmaker, Mickey Grant, will be filming Stan’s run events throughout, creating promotional films for The Great Global Friendship Run just as he did for his two years with “Feed The Children,” while focusing on his filming of a history-making docudrama and pilot for a 6-year “Reality TV” series that will captivate audiences worldwide with local color, fast-paced adventure, sports interests, people-to-people diplomacy, and heart!
    • Over 50 organizations and churches are involved in this mammoth undertaking in addition to The Great Global Friendship Run and Jerry Spencer Ministries, including Source of Light, Evangelical Church Groups of Ethiopia, Campus Crusade and Child Evangelism. They will be reaching out to people on the streets and in the marketplaces.
    • Orphan Focus – Throughout this project, all of the leaders will be emphasizing the plight of orphan children in Ethiopia and around the world. We will be visiting orphanages and giving special loving attention to these precious children and those who lovingly care for them.
    • A feeding program will take place in 3 different locations simultaneously, feeding a hot meal prepared by local churches to about 2,000 people in each place.
    • Dedication – During the day on Saturday, June 8th, there will be a special service in the soccer stadium dedicating the City of Awassa to the Savior and calling out workers who will be fervent in carrying out the work of the Lord in this region of Ethiopia.

Haile Tefera Coordinates Ethiopia Run Events And Orphan Outreach

Stan Cottrell And Dr. Jerry Spencer Announce…

 Stan Cottrell and Dr. Jerry Spencer announce with appreciation that Haileselasse Tefera is coordinating the upcoming launch events for The Great Global Friendship Run in Ethiopia in conjunction with his coordination for Jerry Spencer Ministries of over 50 participating organizations and churches, special jungle and interior access for the run and film team, workshops, 5k race, stadium and ministry and orphans outreaches May 30 – June 15, 2013.  Even with the variety of events, the primary focus throughout will be on the orphans and children in need.

Haile Tefera is Director of Source of Light Ministries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as Vice President of the Jeremiah Connection and Coordinator for Jerry Spencer Ministries in Ethiopia. For almost a year now he has been diligently preparing for this multifaceted outreach centered in Hawassa / Awassa in the Southern region of Ethiopia, to which he graciously invited and is sponsoring Stan Cottrell and the GGFR – The Run for the Orphans. 

 A graduate of Addis Ababa University where he was an outstanding soccer player, Haile lived in the United States from 1997 to 2008 where he operated two different businesses in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  In 2008, he returned to Ethiopia to start his ministries.  He is spearheading the beginning of the SLM ministries in Ethiopia along with East Africa Director, Jack Stiles.  Haile is working on construction of a multi-purpose building, medical clinic and Christian school. Although his family remained in Georgia for the children’s schooling, they are returning now to Ethiopia to help open and run the school and help orphans.

The Plight of Ethiopia’s Orphans

Ethiopia, situated in East Africa on a mountainous plateau surrounded by drought-prone lowlands, is both one of the oldest known nations in the world as well as one of the poorest in Africa.  With decades of underdevelopment caused by wars and poverty, plagued by severe drought and famine, the country’s unemployment rate hovers around 35%.

Wars and famine combined with the AIDS epidemic have caused a surge in orphans and street children in need.  In fact, Ethiopia has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world, with nearly 13 per cent of children throughout the country missing one or both parents. This means more than 4 million orphaned children struggle to survive every day, many of whom have lost their parents to Africa’s HIV/AIDS outbreak.

The Reason Stan Cottrell Runs

Yes, there are laudable organizations and devoted Christian groups seeking to serve this need, such as those directly connected to Haile. But they need our help, for the need is great!

That’s the reason Stan runs… the critical mission of The Great Global Friendship Run… to showcase for the world the needs, give visibility to work at orphanages around the run venues, raise funds for these children, and to deliver direct aid to the orphaned and abandoned children through pre-vetted, approved organizations and ministries who are efficiently getting the money directly to the specific projects and purposes most needed for the children!

Thank You, Haile, Joining Us In Bringing Hope For Orphans

So it is with deep gratitude that we thank Haile Tefera, effective communicator and organizer and our new dear friend, for his tireless efforts.  We thank him for co-hosting with Jerry Spencer Ministries all the events, opening doors and coordinating Stan’s two weeks of friendship encounters and runs in beautiful Ethiopia.  They will be powerful.

And for those of us who cannot be there in person with Haile, Jerry and Stan, we await with abated breath the awesome, unique film footage award-winning filmmaker, Mickey Grant, will be producing during the Ethiopia Run!

Haile And Tsedale Tefera, Ethiopia


Long Distance Runner Joins Ethiopia Outreach

Dr. Jerry Spencer Announces Stan Cottrell…

We are excited to announce that international long distance runner Stan Cottrell has agreed to join us in our multifaceted outreach project in Hawassa, Ethiopia, May 28th – June 16th, 2013.

Mr. Cottrell is launching his six year Great Global Friendship Run from Ethiopia. His cherished appearance in the southern region of Ethiopia is a fantastic boost to the efforts that we have put together to impact this region in a major way.

Mr. Cottrell has run all over the world. We are honored that he is launching this ambitious campaign from the site of our festival in Hawassa. The overriding purpose of this worldwide friendship run is to call attention to the plight of orphan children in the world. Stan is convinced that calling attention to these millions of children can successfully rally international interest in coming to their aid. Allow me to quote Stan,

“Compassionate people all over the world will, without a doubt, generously support these displaced children as they are made aware of their horrific plight. I truly believe that as a result of this Great Global Friendship Run we shall not only awaken people to the urgent need to rescue these children but we will see millions respond with generous help.”/

It will be a euphoric moment when this famous runner comes into the soccer field in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Thousands will cheer him and greet him with loving kindness. The Ethiopian people have hearts of compassion and they will applaud Mr. Cottrell’s desire to rally the world population around these millions of orphans.

Please join us in celebrating the launching of Stan Cottrell’s Great Global Friendship Run. It will foster friendship in every country of the world. Thanks Stan for your untiring efforts at spreading goodness across the globe. I can only imagine the cheers that must be going up from the grandstands of Heaven as God announces to the saints the worthy intentions of this humble servant.

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