Ever to love and Serve: AJU runs for Girl Child

By Jabulani Shaba 

Ever to love and to serve- Arrupe Jesuit University continue their efforts to fulfil the actions of their anthem.

Inspired ‘to become a beacon of hope’ to vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, Arrupe Jesuit University successfully held the 15th edition Arrupe Marathon on the 1st of March 2019 themed, ‘Run for Fun, Run for a Child, Run for the future. 

Hundreds of enthusiastic professional and amateur marathon runners, and walkers from the Archdioceses of Harare and Bulawayo took part in the Ubuntu philosophy driven act of service, and of cause many of them benefitted from the healthy exercise. 

It takes the whole village to raise a child, collective effort and assistance enables institutions, families and social organisations to achieve these goals. 

This has been the driving philosophy for Arrupe Jesuit University over the years which has led to a transformational change in helping the communities through various projects. 

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academics Fr Evaristo Ekweume SJ reiterated how the projects for this year have been aligned to help the Girl Child with educational support. 

3 girls in Mbare, one of the most populated and poverty stricken high density suburb in Harare, will receive financial assistance from his cause, towards their educational studies.

having been started by a group of students who felt the need to have a day set aside to relieve them for their busy studies and engage themselves in reactional activities, Arrupe Marathon has evolved over time and has contributed immensely to the university’s efforts to give back to the communities.

Each year, the University, spearheaded by the Students Association Council, devise and choose a specific theme and target areas which need financial assistance. 

The Pro Vice Chancellor also mentioned how the digital age has affected the young people thereby reducing their interest to actively participate in physical exercises and other recreational activities. 

He noted how many young people spend most of their time on computers and mobile phones. “In as much as technology is vital, there’s need to strike a balance with other social aspects of life. In this day and age, drugs are one of the social ills affecting the young generation and events such as the Arrupe marathon go a long way in helping them shift their focus from drugs to other important facets of life. This not only improves their mental muscle, but also acts as a springboard which elevates them to channel their thoughts and action into positive outcomes and prospects,” he said. 

Speaking on the side-lines of the event, AJU’s Students Association Council President, was Reagan Macdavid Chengamali SJ expressed his profound happiness and gratitude to all those who supported the marathon. 

The marathon comprised of a 20Km, 10km marathon as well as a 5 kilometre walkathon. This year edition was as special as it included three Paralympians who had travel all the way from Bulawayo to take part in this event. Those who came first and second in the events were awarded prizes as a token of their appreciation. 


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