Friendship Run

Feeding The Hungry In Ethiopia

June 8 GGFR Launch – Feeding Body And Soul

Hungry Orphan in Ethiopia at launch of GGFR Follow Me on Pinterest Stan Cottrell:  “I am humbled being part of feeding over 6,000 starving people who are the faces of poverty unlike anything we in the USA can comprehend nor imagine exists… such poverty everywhere (40% of the population), hopelessness, where we seek to bring a ray of hope and real help….”

“I am seeing thousands of the most poverty-stricken people I have ever encountered… One man paralyzed from the waist down crawling on the ground with an old pair of flip flop shoes on his hands pulling himself on the ground… Most will never encounter starvation and poverty like I witnessed…”

“I thought of Jesus feeding the hungry…
the sick, lame, paralyzed….”

GGFR Historic Launch Week

Stan Cottrell’s First Ethiopian Runs June 1-7

Stan Cottrell running in EthiopiaJune 1: Run Launch Day Drama

After a wonderful church service the evening of May 31st with Dr. Jerry Spencer, Stan falls into a dark hole that nobody saw. Intense pain… Is his hip broken, as it feels?…  Getting the deep, gushing, puncture wound in his leg stitched up, now on the eve of this most historic event, Stan optimistically invites the doctor to join the Run’s start – and he accepts.

Now it’s morning and the doctor is there for the first 1/2 mile or so of this historic first run of the six-year GGFR… and Stan runs strong…

On The Eve Of The Great Global Friendship Run

Press And Journaling As Stan Cottrell Travels To Ethiopia

Ethiopians waiting for JSM feeding program Follow Me on Pinterest May 25: Stan Cottrell’s Pre-Launch Reflections

“…My heart is with the masses…the people who feel they are insignificant…those who feel they are the unknown, the forgotten, the ones who feel God made a mistake in their being born…  I know this morning I report for duty…Here Am I Lord to do what is prescribed to me as unto The Lord…and to do it from a ‘Whole Heart’. Oh yes, I will do my 70 mile run, of course! I feel God’s pleasure when I run…” ~ Stan Cottrell

A Friendship Run is about touching hearts with God’s love-in-action, sharing friendship, spreading hope…

May 27: AV Interview With Stan Cottrell

We had an energized interview on African Views Blog Talk Radio channel with the amazing ultra distance runner and Friendship Ambassador, Stan Cottrell, founder of Friendship Sports Association and the “Friendship Run” concept.  Stan graciously made two hours of time for us, as he eagerly prepared to leave Atlanta the next day for the long journey to Ethiopia.

Stan shared openly about his life-long preparation this greatest challenge…

VIE Article Highlights GGFR Launch – Focus On Orphans

“Giving Back – Great Global Friendship Run To Benefit Orphans Worldwide”

Vie Magazine Article - GGFR Giving Back - Global Run for Orphans Follow Me on Pinterest

VIE - "Giving Back: Great Global Friendship Run To Benefit Orphans Worldwide"

FSA thanks VIE Magazine and journalist Jordan Staggs for running its impactful and informative article on Stan Cottrell’s historic launch of “The Great Global Friendship Run” (GGFR) in Ethiopia.  The VIE article coincided with Stan’s arrival May 31st in Hawassa / Awassa, the capital of Southern, in readiness for the next morning’s historic “running start” for this six-year odyssey to spread friendship and hope, and to raise funds for the world’s orphans and abandoned children.

Stan will be making runs throughout the Hawassa area starting June 1, leading up to GGFR launch ceremonies in the Hawassa / Awassa soccer stadium on Saturday, June 8 … then more runs through mountains and jungles, orphanages and villages, until returning to Addis Ababa for a run in the National Stadium on Saturday, June 15… with many intervening outreach events and runs focused on “Lighting The World With The Power Of Hope.”

As VIE poignantly tells the story…  

Great Global Friendship Run Inaugural Events

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

Run Stan Africa logo for Global Friendship Run launch in Ethiopia, Africa Follow Me on Pinterest

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…

Haile Tefera Coordinates Ethiopia Run Events And Orphan Outreach

 Stan Cottrell And Dr. Jerry Spencer Announce…

Haile Tefera, Ethiopian Run Coordinator Follow Me on Pinterest 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. 

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,

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