Thursday, March 20, 2014
Back for its eighth consecutive year, Water Missions International's annual Charleston Walk for Water, one of the largest philanthropic events in South Carolina, is set to take place Saturday, March 22, at Cannon Park in downtown Charleston. A creative take on the traditional fundraising walk, the Walk for Water encourages participants to carry buckets along a 3 1/2-mile route to simulate the daily trek millions of women and children make to collect water in developing countries.
In 2013, more than 2,000 participants raised $200,000 in funds used to provide safe water access to tens of thousands of people around the world. The 2014 goal is to raise $225,000 and to have 2,250 walkers.
“Water Missions International was built from the ground up with the help, support and commitment of Charleston area residents. So whether you've walked every year, or never walked before, this is a great time to learn how you can make a difference around the world,” said Kyle Whitcroft, Special Events Coordinator for Water Missions International. “Think about it this way, if we get just 100 more people to sign up – we can literally bring safe water to 100 more thirsty people around the world.”
Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, a Charleston Southern University professor and advocate for Water Missions International, is striving for just that. Karges-Bone, also the most successful individual fundraiser for the Charleston Walk for Water over the last three years, said when describing her passion for involvement, “I simply talk about the numbers and the need: one billion people without clean drinking water; more than one-third of the world's population lacking sanitation; and thousands of deaths each day attributed to waterborne illnesses. I am affirmed, as I speak to groups and individuals about the goal and the work of Water Missions International, that people want something to believe in, and water is something so fundamental, so symbolic of hope, that everyone wants to be involved.”
To learn more about Walk for Water or to submit a donation, visit www.watermissions.org/walk.