Walk for Water to bring Clean and Safe Water to Children around the World

Water.  It is around us everywhere and easily accessible.  But unfortunately, the same cannot be said for millions of other people around the world.  For us, access to clean, safe water is a regular occurrence that we don’t even have to think about.  However, in many places, not only is there a limited amount of clean water, but it is usually located so far away that it can take hours to reach.

Global access to clean and safe water has been a major health issue for quite some time now.  This is why UNICEF SFU has organized its Walk for Water.  This 5.6 km walk will take place in Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on Sunday July 18, 2010.  This event is designed to raise awareness about the importance of clean water as well as the hardships people have to face in order to access it.  There is a unique twist to this event, as all the participants will be carrying a container or bucket of water through the course of the walk.  This will be done to illustrate just how hard it is for people to access the water that we all seem to take for granted.

If you would like to be a part of this wonderful event, either by participating in the walk or volunteering, all the information can be found at http://www.sfu.ca/unicefsfu/walk_water/walk_water.html.   In addition to the walk, there will also be raffle prizes, face painting, bake sales and many other fun activities.  Registration requires a minimum donation of $2 and all of the money raised will go to UNICEF’s Tap Project.

Access to clean water is at the center of many global health concerns because waterborne diseases are the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five.  Children are the most effected by lack of access to clean water and the health implications can spill over into all other aspects of their lives.  Just one dollar can provide a child with clean and safe water for 40 days! 

So, if you would like to support this amazing cause, join the Walk for Water and help make a difference in the lives of countless children around the world.

By Jaishree Narsih