Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Katie Ohrn, class of 2016, is a sophomore at San Marcos High School and a new member of their track team. She has discovered a way to get in shape for the spring running season and provide service to others. She is training to run the 2018 LA Half-Marathon in March and raising money for clean drinking water in the Congo.
 
Katie is part of a local World Vision team with over 100 runners from Santa Barbara raising awareness and money for this cause. "My personal goal is to raise $1,500 before the race, but I hope I can raise even more," explains Katie. "My time at Crane helped me have a better understanding of people in need and inspired me to help others. Through service learning and other Crane activities I helped raise money for different causes like Walk for Water and the Food Bank."  
 
Now, Katie is literally taking a bigger step. She said, "I am not a long distance runner but I am going to run the half marathon and do what I can to help bring clean water to those in need. When a village gets clean drinking water school enrollment goes up by 80% and the child mortality rate gets cut in half. The wonders of clean water are sometimes taken for granted but to people who don’t have the luxury of drinking clean water it is life changing once they finally get it." For every $50 Katie raises one life can be saved and a whole community impacted.
 
If you are interested learning more about the World Vision organization you can visit www.workvision.org.