WaterAid is asking Australians to join the Walk 4 Water 10,000 steps challenge on March 22 – World Water Day.
With 1 in 10 of the world’s population not having access to safe water, the Walk 4 Water 10,000 steps challenge will remind participants of the daily journey that people – primarily women and children – in developing countries undertake to collect water.
WaterAid Chief Executive, Adam Laidlaw, said the five day event is aimed at highlighting the distances people walk daily to collect water which affects their livelihood and quality of life. “Walking long distances to collect water often deprives women of time to earn a living and children of an education,” Mr Laidlaw said.
Walk 4 Water is a simple concept – 10,000 steps a day for five days in your workplace, school or simply built into your daily routine. Registration is open to individuals and teams. Once signed-up, walkers are challenged to raise $200 each and start a conversation to raise awareness for the 768 million people living without access to safe water.
Mr Laidlaw said he encourages corporates, schools and the wider community to get behind Walk 4 Water and to help change lives in the 27 countries around the world where WaterAid works.
“The funds raised through events like Walk 4 Water allow WaterAid to transform lives in the world’s poorest communities, including Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste,” Mr Laidlaw said.
For more information or to register for Walk 4 Water please go to: www.walk4water.com.au
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Registration is $15 per person and participants will receive a pedometer to count their steps.
Walk 4 Water will officially be held from 17 – 21 March 2014 to coincide with World Water Day on Saturday 22 March 2014.
Source: WaterAid Australia