I can turn on any faucet in my home and clean water runs out, but not everyone is so fortunate. In developing nations women and kids walk an average of four miles every day to collect water. Finding and collecting water isn’t just keeping children out of school, it is killing them. More children die every day from dirty water than from malaria, AIDS, and measles combined. iSupport walking to help others!
Walk4Water is on Saturday, April 21 at 9am, with registration beginning at 8am. This year it will start at the Wilson Riverfront Stage located at the foot of Broadway in downtown Paducah. To register, go here. There is no registration fee; instead, individuals or teams raise their own money to support Healing Hands International (HHI). Donations can be made through the website or on the day of the Walk. Everyone who registers online will get a free t-shirt the day of the event.
This is the motto for this four-mile fundraising walk. This walk event is not a race, so everyone can participate. The mile markers along the route allow participants to choose how far they walk with a maximum distance of 5K.
Along the way, volunteers will have water jugs similar to those used in developing nations. Walkers can carry these jugs to experience what it feels like to haul water. HHI representatives will also demonstrate how the portable filtration systems work by turning a bucket of Ohio River water into safe drinking water.
This year’s event will fund more wells and help pay for the annual maintenance that the systems require. Additionally, a portion of the funds raised will go to a new project that HHI has identified in Haiti. Moore explained that they will be helping an orphanage with a new UV water filtration system and some infrastructure that the 55 resident orphans badly need.
The Paducah walk is a flagship event for Walk4Water. Their goal is $50,000 this year. More has been raised here than at any other event. It’s wonderful to know what a generous and thoughtful community we live in.
According to non-profit organization HHI, approximately 780 million people worldwide don’t have access to clean drinking water. In one day, 6,000 people will die because of a lack of access to clean drinking water, and 90% of those 6,000 are children.
HHI has made a difference for over one million people since 2001. Working in developing nations such as India, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Haiti, HHI provides disaster relief and medical aid. They train teachers and instruct on life skills such as sustainable farming. One of HHI’s main goals is to drill wells to provide safe drinking water, and that is one area where they need your help!
In 2007, HHI began organizing these walks across the country. The goal of the walk is to raise awareness and funds to bring clean water to those who must walk for water every day. Since 2001, HHI has drilled over 600 wells across the world.
For more information, visit www.hhi.org/walk4water/.