Hawassa

Official GGFR Launch Rally

June 8 Celebration Starts With 5K Race

Stan Cottrell speaks at GGFR launch Hawassa Ethiopia Follow Me on Pinterest

Stan Cottrell speaks from the heart to thousands in Awassa, Ethiopia at the Official GGFR Start

This jam packed day started with a 5K Race in Awassa, Ethiopia with over 1000 participants wearing run sponsor T-shirts saying The Great Global Friendship Run and Jerry Spencer Ministries. Below, you can see eager runners in readiness for the ribbon cutting to begin the race, and scenes from the celebration in the Soccer Stadium in the heart of town, attended by many thousands.

There are also many, many more vibrant images in the Facebook photo “album” – Ethiopia Launch – The Great Global Friendship Run discoverable through the Photos tab on The Great Global Friendship Run Facebook Page at https://Facebook.com/TGGFR (and please “like” the page).

“All of history has been waiting for this day…
the beginning of The Great Global Friendship Run!”

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…  

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. 

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