Maysville Community and Technical College is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Project Malaria 5K Run + Walk on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The event will take place in conjunction with Oktoberfest to be held in downtown Maysville August 12-13.

The College first launched Project Malaria in the fall of 2015 to help raise awareness of the global devastation of malaria in Western Uganda, where 90% of all malaria-related deaths occur. The initiative was spearheaded by MCTC Associate Professor Sally Parker who visited the area on a mission trip in 2009. She will return to the region in mid-July to volunteer with the Hope for Kabingo Foundation.

College faculty and staff facilitated several events in 2015 to raise a total of $3,525 to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets, medical diagnostic kits and medicine to residents in Kabingo and Bethlehem, Uganda, through Camboni Missionaries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a child dies from malaria every minute in Africa. In these villages, residents often lack access even to clean water.

Registration for the race will start at 7 a.m. at Limestone Landing. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top male and female overall and 1st3rd place in each age division. All walkers will receive overall male and overall female and 1st in each age group.

Registration is $15 through August 5 and those who pre-register will receive a race t-shirt. Registration is $20 after August 5. To download the registration form, visit the event page.

Handmade baskets, made by the women of Kabingo, Uganda, will be available for sale (cash only) at the race through the Hope for Kabingo Foundation.

For inquiries about the race, contact Keri Miller at (606)-759-7141, ext. 66118.