“The Runners” Club of Curahuasi


Dentist Stephen Wright inspires the children

Dr. Stephen Wright works as a dentist at Diospi Suyana Hospital. With his good sense of humor one is already grinning when he says “good day” each morning.  His friendly and fun nature easily attracts people, especially the children.  A year ago, Stephen founded a running club for the youth of Curahuasi.  Since the beginning, the group has steadily grown.  Usually runners train three times a week and occasionally the dentist organizes a real race.

Many children have no athletic shoes.  Instead, they run in their sandals, which have been made from old car tires. But this does not diminish the fun.  Meanwhile, the parents often come to the races and of course are pleased with the performance of their offspring.  For the award ceremony a wooden stool serves as the pedestal.

This running group is not considered a financially expensive proposition, but Stephen invests his time and attention for the kids and makes the whole thing a real success.  Before the races he gives a quick devotional thought and the children are all ears.

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