Anabel Reid Run for Water to honor crash victim, raise money

Posted March 19, 2012

In November 2011, the ACU community suffered an immense loss with the death of Anabel Reid, sophomore agricultural and environmental science major from Petersburg, Texas. Since the bus accident that took Reid's life and injured several other students and faculty members, the ACU and Abilene communities have banded together to honor Anabel.

The Anabel Reid Run for Water will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, and conclude 24 hours later at ACU's Elmer Gray Stadium. Participants may run or walk any number of laps to raise money from pledges. Several additional events will take place on Saturday, March 24: a sunrise worship service at 6:30 a.m., a dinner at 6:15 p.m., and an evening worship service at 7:30 p.m. at the Tower of Light in ACU's Beauchamp Amphitheatre.

The event has two purposes: to honor Anabel Reid's life and to raise money for a cause close to her heart: access to clean drinking water for people in Tanzania. Reid will forever be remembered for her life of service to others and desire to provide clean drinking water in impoverished countries.

"This event lets us carry the baton Anabel has passed off: to make a real and lasting impact in the lives of those who thirst in this world for clean drinking water and who thirst for the life, hope and joy of relationship with Jesus Christ, the Living Water," says Anabel's boyfriend Alex Wann.

"Anabel had always wanted to come visit my home in Tanzania to get to see firsthand the issue of clean drinking water," says sophomore Abigail Talley, Reid's friend and roommate. "She never got a chance to come, but the money we raise will go to digging a well in Tanzania. It will bless the lives of the people Anabel was constantly in prayer for."

"Anabel was indeed one of our treasures! She had a huge heart for Christian service, and she was committed to helping all people have access to clean drinking water," says Mandy Scudder, administrative assistant to the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. "I am proud of how our students have rallied together to support the Anabel Reid Run for Water."

To register for the race, visit here. The event has been recognized by the United Nations' World Water Day efforts; it can also be viewed on the UN Water website. You can also donate to The 4Water Anabel Reid Memorial Fund, visit the Facebook page or email for more information.