Water… it’s the most essential thing in this world to support life.
Personally, I am a water drinker. I drink water all day long. I admit that I don’t always drink the amount I should, but I do try and make a conscious effort to do so.
Some people are not water drinkers. They find it too boring to drink. Not me. I enjoy a glass of ice cold water. It’s so refreshing.
Water is also something many of us take for granted. I tell my kids all the time to take quick showers and turn off the faucet when they are brushing their teeth to save water. I remind them all the time that in other parts of the world, water is not that easy to come buy.
Do you want to hear a sad statistic? The average distance people in developing countries walk to find clean, drinkable water is six kilometers (approximately 3.7 miles). Usually it’s woman and young girls who make that walk on a daily basis. This walk can be dangerous, and the water is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.
Think about that for a moment… For most of us fresh, clean water is just a few steps away in our kitchen or refrigerator. But for millions of people around the world, that luxury is something they can only dream about. How would YOU feel if you had to walk nearly four miles just for a glass of water?
Are yo familiar with World Vision? If you are are a regular reader of She Scribes you have probably seen my posts about the organization. World Vision is a charitable organization that provides relief and development organization assisting 70 million people each year in its quest to end poverty, fight hunger and transform lives.
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 a whopping forty-thousand (40,000) people from around the world will join together to walk, or run, 6 kilometers, to help raise awareness of the global water crisis, as well as to support World Vision’s water initiatives through the World Vision Global 6K for Water.
Why support clean water through World Vision?
World Vision believes the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetime. World Vision provides a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of a full solution to end poverty. In 2015, World Vision provided access to clean water to 2.3 million people, and the organization’s goal is to provide clean water and sanitation to one new person every 10 seconds by 2020.
Each participant’s $50 registration fee for the World Vision Global 6K for Water will go to support water programs. Each participant will also receive a Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a race bib with a photo of a child he or she can sponsor, and a race medal in the mail.
I know a lot of people are into running (or walking) marathons. If you enjoy doing such things, or have ever considered participating in one, now is a great time.
Running in a marathon is on my “Bucket List.” I am physically unable to do something like this at the moment (I have Bursitis in my hip, knee problems and other issues in my leg). Once I am all better I’d love to do something like this. I have been losing weight lately and participating in something like this would not only be a great form of exercise, but it’s helping to raise awareness and funds for a great cause.
If you are interested in learning more about the Global 6K for Water, visit: World Vision Global 6K for Water.
To learn more about World Vision’s water programs, visit: World Vision Clean Water.
The following are some tips from World Vision for making an impact right from your home:
Become a Global 6K Host Site: Work together with your church, school, community center or run club to register as a host site (it’s free!) and spread the word about how fun and easy it is to support clean water programs around the world! Whether your goal is 10 or 100 people, World Vision will equip you with all the marketing materials, race day signage and staff support for a successful race day. If you can’t become a host site, considering running or walking with other Global 6K for Water participants at a host site near you.
Start a Global 6K Virtual Team: Invite friends and family all around the country to join your “team” even though you will each be walking or running from your own neighborhoods on race day. Even those who wish to participate individually, whether on a treadmill or around the neighborhood, can take part in a global effort to support clean water!
Turn Coffee into Clean Water: Even small amounts of money can make a big difference for families around the world. Once a week, put the money that might normally be used to purchase your morning latte toward a “clean water fund.” Over the course of a year, you could set aside as much as $250 to support World Vision’s water programs.
Change a Life Through Child Sponsorship: Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Sponsoring a child is a long-term way to get involved with World Vision and help a child – and his or her entire community – benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, and healthcare clinics and immunizations.
Become a Part of Team World Vision: The Global 6K for Water is just one event organized by Team World Vision, a group of passionate people who run, walk and race to help children get clean water. Join Team World Vision for support in reaching your own fitness goals while helping others around the world.
Also, please consider taking measures NOT to waste water in your home. Turn off your water when not in use. Don’t waste water. If you Google way to save/conserve water you’ll find plenty of great tips and suggestions.
If you would like to learn more about World Vision and all of their global campaigns, please WorldVision.org. Also, you should check them out on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the Global 6K for Water campaigns and other events hosted by World Vision.
Are you interested in learning more about the Global 6K for Water? Do you think you’ll participate or put some of those great tips to use? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received promotional products and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.