Wednesday, March 20, 2013
One of the largest philanthropic events in Charleston will be taking place this Saturday, March 23 at Cannon Park in honor of World Water Day. Now in its seventh year, Water Missions International’s Walk for Water invites participants to carry water buckets along a three-mile route, in order to symbolize and experience the daily trek millions of women and children in developing countries make to collect water.
In 2012, more than 2,600 people from throughout the country participated in the Walk for Water, raising over $210,000 for safe water projects worldwide. This year, Water Missions International has set a goal to raise $250,000. With this amount of money, tens of thousands of people currently lacking safe water and sanitation would be provided access for the very first time.
“We are encouraged by the number of community members registered for the Walk for Water this Saturday, and we hope that even more will be able to join us,” said Brittany Fogle, special events coordinator for Water Missions International. “The Walk for Water is an eye-opening experience to the reality facing almost 1 billion people every day – lack of safe water. This event invites people here in Charleston to be part of the solution.”
During the event, participants will carry buckets that they will fill up with dirty water halfway through the walk. At the conclusion of the walk, the dirty water will then be filtered through Water Missions International’s solar-powered Living Water Treatment System, the primary solution used to provide access to safe water in developing nations.
Following the walk, community members are also invited to stay in Cannon Park for family-friendly activities including food, vendors, games and music by Plain Jane. A portion of many vendor proceeds will go back to support Water Missions International.
Established by the United Nations in 1992, World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Additionally, South Carolina recognizes March 22 as World Water Day and encourages constituents to help ensure that all individuals have equitable and affordable access to this basic resource necessary for life.