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Congrats to all TEAM P2P members . . . you are the best! We surpassed our dream goal with $20,630 raised!

More than thirty runners of Ethiopian descent will take part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon races (STWM) on Sunday, October 20th as members of TEAM P2P.

P2P Champions – Messai Gessesee, Ambaye Kidane, Fassil Tessema and Amele Zegwe – are expected to place high in the fundraising results for People to People Aid Organization Canada (P2P). Their motivation is not to further the legendary status of Ethiopian distance running but to champion the cause of children orphaned by AIDS in Ethiopia.

Fassill Tessema

Fassil Tessema visits with orphaned children in Ethiopia

Former Canada Running Series Masters Champion (2002, 2003) Lynn Kobayashi is boldly “laying claim to getting the Toronto Ethiopian community running”.  A committed volunteer for P2P and Fundraising and Communications consultant, Lynn knew that the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the STWM was a “perfect fundraising fit for P2P on so many levels”. The funds raised will support P2P’s orphan sponsorship program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Of the organization, Lynn remarks, “The dedicated Board members and volunteers of P2P are fundraising ultra-marathoners.” They committed to their first year of participation in the STWM but felt it prudent to continue to hold their annual walkathon this summer. Despite the short time since their last fundraising effort, this small but committed group is on track to meet their dream goal of $20,000 at the STWM with close to $15,000 raised to date by the 50 member team.

Get your feet in motion for an important cause. Come run with the Ethiopians!


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Over half of Ethiopia’s population are children and of that nearly 5 million are orphaned. Of these vulnerable children, over 1 million are AIDS-orphans. Join a committed group of Torontonians in responding to the plight of these youngest of our global citizens.

Torontonians celebrate diversity and this cultural sensitivity is reflected in a desire to make a difference globally. Members of the Ethiopian community have been making a difference to the richness of Toronto community life for decades and building capacity in the Ethiopian community through People to People Aid Organization (Canada) Inc. (P2P).  A key initiative of P2P is a sponsorship program to establish cost-effective links to connect Canadians with orphaned children by partnering with local NGOs in Ethiopia, including Hiwot Integrated Development Association (HIDA).

Sister Tibebe Maco, the Executive Director of HIDA is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards from organizations which include; The Hunger Project, World of Children and Family Health International. During a recent Toronto visit sponsored by CUSO she gave kudos to P2P as HIDA’s only North American partner whose Board members regularly self-fund, visits to the children and help evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Imagine the difference an upgrade from a mud shelter to a shack, with floors that stay dry during the rainy season or a school uniform (required for all school children) makes for an orphaned child.

Truly, the essentials + education = HOPE.

While change IS in the air for Africa, tens of millions of people still lack the basic means of subsistence. You can be part of this wave of change and make a difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children by walking or running a 5K, Half or Full Marathon for P2P. We guarantee that your spirits will be lifted by creating awareness and support for P2P’s mission to ensure that these children have the basic entitlements of global citizenship.


  • A discounted rate for signing up as a charity runner
  • Viva Toronto to Ethiopia team T-Shirt
  • Invitation to a pre-race team event with special guests
  • Recognition certificate
  • The sense of happiness that comes with helping others <smile>



Youth (under 20 years) – Open (20-39) – Masters (40 plus) – Family (eligible for individual categories as well!)


Male & Female Divisions- Youth (under 20 years) – Open (20-39 )- Masters (39-40) – Veterans (60 plus)

For information contact Team Captain Lynn Kobayashi at: | 416-317-9726