Run For Biodiversity


It’s summertime and the marathons and fun runs are out in full force. This is a time to do your part for a good cause while getting fit and having something to brag about at the water cooler on Monday. What better cause than to help Ethiopian farmers start a seed bank? Check it out and we’ll see you at the run.

On October 16, USC (Unitarian Service Committee of Canada) joins millions of people around the world in celebrating World Food Day.

Biodiversity is all about food and farmers. It’s the earth’s life-support system, and nature’s brilliant insurance policy against disaster. If something fails, there’s a back-up plan: Biodiversity!

Much is at stake for us all, and in a real sense, USC is helping farmers plant the Seeds of our very Survival

All donations for this year’s Run for Biodiversity, Toronto will go to support USC’s work in the East African country of Ethiopia.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to support the Wollo Community Seed Bank, where Ethiopian farmers are conserving seeds from dozens of food crop varieties to ensure they will always have vibrant seeds for changing local conditions.

How can I join the run? 

If you’d like to join our R4B team, run or walk the Toronto Waterfront marathon, half marathon, or 5km race, or help spread the word, please send us an email at and we’ll tell you how to register.

·         The first 10 runners/walkers who sign up for R4B-Toronto and who commit to raising a minimum of $200 will be registered for free!

·         All other R4B-Toronto team members will register at discounted rates, $70 for the marathon and half marathon, and $35 for the 5km.

·         All R4B-Toronto team members will also receive a Run for Biodiversity T-shirt in appreciation for their fundraising efforts.

Who is USC Canada?

USC Canada helps farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America grow more food for their families, in ways that are kind to the environment and that nurture biodiversity. We were founded in 1945 by Dr Lotta Hitschmanova, one of Canada’s most beloved humanitarian leaders.

Many thanks for joining us in October’s Run for Biodiversity – Toronto, and please feel free let others know about this too. We’re hoping this year’s Run will have “legs!”

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