On Monday, April 3, GlobeMed at Boston College, in collaboration with WeRunBC and BC Charity Water, will be hosting Dave Spandorfer, co-founder and CEO of running apparel line Janji.
Spandorfer will be speaking on how he was able to combine his love for running with his passion for finding solutions for the global water crisis by becoming a social entrepreneur.
Janji is a running brand that provides drinking water to those in need through contributing a portion of all proceeds to clean water initiatives around the globe. The brand is Boston-based, with a mission of connecting people through performance running apparel. With this goal in mind, Janji hopes to create for its customers a lifestyle “Where each step forward leads you out into the world. Into something extraordinary.
Bridgid Lawlor, MCAS ‘17, who first met Spandorfer in November of 2014 at the Philadelphia Marathon Expo, is orchestrating the event. As Lawlor explains, “Dave explained to me that through running on his college cross-country team, he was able to realize the true value of clean water. He couldn’t believe that 1/10 people in the world lack access to clean water, a human right.”
Lawlor went on to explain Spandorfer and his co-founder—as well as cross country teammate—Mike Burstein's mission: to create a community of socially conscious runners that could combine their love of running with their passion for positively impacting the global water crisis.
Lawlor was a member of BC’s GlobeMed club when she met Spandorfer, and instantly drew parallels between the missions of the two groups: “Both Janji and GlobeMed operate through a partnership model and aim to tackle global health issues, and Dave quickly became an inspiration for me to become as active as possible in GlobeMed.” She wanted to discover for herself “how the value and the power that comes with a sense of community can create impactful social change in our world.”
GlobeMed is an organization at BC that advocates for social justice and health equity “through an educational curriculum on global health, working with a partner grassroots organization, and hosting specific programs around campus.”
GlobeMed works with the grassroots organization CORD Siruvani in Tamil Nadu, India, which sends four students to Tamil Nadu each year to work on the ground. The group engages in extensive fundraising efforts in order to raise money for “global health initiatives such as vaccines, waste management systems, lessons in sustainable agriculture, and female empowerment movements.”
It was this past fall that Lawlor was reminded of Spandorfer’s impact when she noticed a Janji pop-up store on Newbury Street in downtown Boston. She then contacted Spandorfer, who was generous enough to agree to come and speak at BC.
The event will take place on Monday, April 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in McGuinn 121. Lawlor encourages any members of the BC community to attend “if they have an interest in social impact, global health, the global water crisis, running, or social entrepreneurship.”