Toulouse medical students organize a charity race for humanitarian missions

Toulouse medical students organize a charity race for humanitarian missions
Toulouse medical students organize a charity race for humanitarian missions

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Sunday June 30, the UN ETAI student association is organizing a charity race at the Argoulets leisure center in Toulouse. All funds collected will be donated to humanitarian aid associations operating in Laos, Cambodia and Senegal.

Their names are Bastien, Clara, Anouk, Sylvain, Julie and Nora and they are all medical students at Paul-Sabatier University in Toulouse. They are also members of the UN ETAI association (Toulouse Students for International Aid), a humanitarian association which travels to Asian and African countries to build and renovate schools. This year, the association is organizing a humanitarian race on Sunday June 30 at the Argoulets leisure center.

A first edition which finds its source in a campaign promise from the current office of the association headed by Bastien Eberhardt: “Originally we wanted to hold the Olympics, but faced with the difficulties encountered we turned towards a charity race which offers a 5 km circuit and a second 10 km circuit.” Donations collected from the sale of bibs will be donated to Laotian, Senegalese and Cambodian associations.

Prevention, swimming lessons

In addition to financing, members of UN ETAI go directly to the site to carry out missions. In addition to the construction and renovation of schools, student volunteers do a lot of health prevention among populations, particularly with the Laotian association Bane Nakham and the scouts of Senegal. Moreover, in this West African country, Toulouse students also contribute to the reforestation of the mangrove and introduce local populations to swimming in order to prevent all risks. In Cambodia, UN ETAI is joining forces with Camborea, which works for education and agriculture in this Asian country.

“Help others”

Organizer of this race, Bastien Eberhardt sees this project as the logical continuation of his professional project. “I have not yet started my externship but I would like to move into oncology. I have always wanted to help others in my own way and the opportunity offered to us to be able to go on these missions is fantastic. “As much as after my studies I would like to work abroad for at least a year.”

Registrations open

Registration for the two races (5 km and 10 km) can be done on the UN ETAI HelloAsso page. The student rate for the first race is €14 and €17 for the second while the full price is €17 for the 5 km and €20 for the 10 km. For this first edition, the Toulouse association hopes to reach nearly 500 participants. Top start on Sunday June 30 at 8 a.m. from the Argoulets base for the 10 km, and at 9 a.m. for the 5 km; opening of the village from 7 a.m.

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