Love4Gambia is an ongoing fundraising campaign – fueled by a passion for running and for Africa – in support of the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association’s (NSGA) HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Positive Life Skills and other programs in West Africa.
The project was launched in 2011 when Team Love4Gambia, consisting of 92 runners and walkers, participated in the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon to raise funds for the NSGA`s programs.
Later that year, the crowning achievement of Love4Gambia 2011 was the first ever documented 424-kilometer running journey across the country of The Gambia. On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Team Love4Gambia members – Erin Poirier, Ashley Sharpe, Pa Modou Sarr, Kebba Suso and Dodou Bah – victoriously jumped into the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul after running 424 km over 17 days across The Gambia.
In 2012, Gambian teammates Pa Modou, Kebba and Dodou took to the South Bank Road again, this time with Canadian Andrea Moritz and completed a second epic cross country run.
In 2013, the Gambian team was joined by Canadians Jennifer and Cielianna Pasiciel and successfully completed a third cross country run.
To date, Love4Gambia has raised over $65,000 for the NSGA. This money goes towards education through interactive presentations, peer education, theatre, community cinema, and radio. These initiatives help the NSGA provide youth and communities in The Gambia the knowledge and skills to build healthier, stronger communities – work the NSGA has been undertaking for the past 25 years.
And we are not done yet. Love4Gambia 2014 will see another runner, accompanied by our incredible support team, taking on the epic journey across The Gambia in summer of 2014. Come back to visit this site often to follow our progress!