Students at Weed and Mount Shasta high schools raised enough money during their April 16, 2010 Rain Runs to bring clean water to 800 people in Africa.

Students at Weed and Mount Shasta high schools lraised enough money during their April 16, 2010 Rain Runs to bring clean water to 800 people in Africa.

“Once again, the community totally exceeded our expectations,” said Kelly Coleman of Mount Shasta, director and founder of Save the Rain.

The fund-raising Rain Runs were held in Mount Shasta and Weed Thursday and were followed by Saturday’s Rain Dance.
Though the day was blustery, 80 Weed High School students participated in the Rain Run and 140 Mount Shasta High School students walked around the Robert E. Novo Gymnasium.

“A total of 456 laps were made between the two schools,” Coleman said. “Enough was raised during the two events to bring 800 people clean water for the rest of their lives and the lives of their offspring.”

Weed High School’s Daniel Cadwallader, Tyler Moser and Erik Johnson each ran 10 laps. Others walked one or two. Coleman said every lap counts.

“We just want kids to know that a minimal effort by all of us will create maximum outcome for those in need,” Coleman said. “If we looked at all of the world’s problems that way, there probably wouldn’t be any... The Rain Run is a way for everyone to get involved and save a person’s life halfway around the globe.”

Saturday’s Rain Dance had hundreds of people dancing to the sounds of Luther Red and Jujuba, enjoying delicious food from Mount Shasta Supermarket’s Keith Cool, and bidding on several African antiques during a silent auction.

“Everyone had a great time,” said Coleman, who  gave a moving presentation which showed the community  what their money has done for the people of Tanzania, Africa.

Coleman gave special thanks to Cool, as well as Sisson Elementary for providing the space, Pegasus sound for their technical help, and Cheryl Boerger, who helped to create “a more sustainable environment” by providing real plates, cups and silverware to be used in place of disposable ones.

During the Rain Dance cleanup on Sunday afternoon, Coleman said several students from Weed High School showed up to help.
“They came up and thanked us for giving them the opportunity to be involved. It was wonderful.”