Walk for Water – 25th September 2011

EventsCould you walk 6 miles every day just to collect water for such simple things as washing, cleaning and even drinking?

On Sunday 25th September, Hampton Wick-based charity, Jeevika Trust is inviting the local community and friends of the trust to its annual sponsored riverside ‘Walk for Water’.

India is home to 50% of the 2 million children across the world that die from diarrhoea every year – many of these will die because they do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. Every day many Indian women walk up to 6 miles to collect water for the family – by joining Jeevika Trust’s Walk for Water you will be sharing their experience for just one day.


Participants from a previous ‘Walk for Water’ outside Hampton Court Palace

The walk will be taking place between 2pm-5pm on Sunday 25th September in Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park. The route is roughly 6 miles long and the Trust is asking walkers to get their friends, family, work colleagues, teachers, neighbours to sponsor them for as much as possible.

Andrew Redpath, Executive Director of Jeevika Trust: “Over the last 4 years our ‘Walk for Water’ has raised over £15,000 to support our water projects and make a difference to many thousands of lives in rural India. That money has helped us to secure year-round household water for over 5,000 people eliminating huge amounts of wasted time and energy by hundreds of women; build rainwater-harvesting systems in two schools to provide drinking water and better sanitation facilities encouraging more pupils, especially girls, to go to school; and create a fish hatchery to provide sustainable livelihoods for many, many villagers. This year we are challenging our supporters to raise even more. So do please come along!

People who would like to take part can get more information and register their place by visiting their website or by emailing rosemary@jeevika.org.uk or calling 020 8973 3773 (Monday – Wednesday).

[Update] Walkers managed to raise over £2000 for Indian water projects.

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