Run for Ethiopia

Join the Botanica Ethiopia team at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival next month!

Haile Gebrselassie. Photo: Eremelamela

In (almost) true Ethiopian style, we’ll be going the distance – a grueling 9kms and the Sydney Harbour Bridge – on Sunday 18th September, to raise funds for the Botanica Ethiopia Living Pharmacy project.

Botanica Ethiopia is an approved Australian aid and development project to establish a medicinal herb garden in Fiche, a rural community north of Addis Ababa. We’re aiming to raise enough money to pay for permaculture technique training at Fiche, to employ a night and day guard for the garden and support community members to manage the site.

You can either sponsor the team online or get sweaty with us on the day! Choose from four events; The Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Half Marathon, The Sun Herald Bridge Run or Family Fun Run.

To sponsor us:

  • Please go to our Charity Event page at GoFundraise to donate online. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

To join us:

  • Register for your event online here or at
  • Go to our Charity Event Page to set up your personal fundraising page with Botanica Ethiopia
  • Simply email your fundraising page link to your friends, family, and colleagues and ask them to support your cause by donating online.

East Africa Crisis

We will donate 10% of all money raised through the running festival to the  UNHCR East Africa Crisis Appeal. The Horn of Africa countries – Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea – are experiencing the worst drought in 60 years and ‘the world’s most severe food crisis’. Last month the United Nations officially declared famine in two regions of Southern Somalia and a humanitarian catastrophe for East Africa.  12.4 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Read more about the East Africa crisis here.

Photo: Robin Hammond/Panos. G4SSport.

Let’s get training! Registrations close 16th September.

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