The Global 6K for Water is coming up on May 6. Having not walked much recently due to back trouble, I’ve been doing a bit of preparation. In addition to adding another daily walk with the dog (who has also benefited from this), I have started going for an early morning walk by myself. As out of shape as I am at present, I realize it is highly unlikely that I’ll be running the race. But that’s okay. Walkers (even slow walkers) like me are encouraged to participate. The Team World Vision Global 6K for Water is such an important and worthy cause, enough to motivate anyone to dust off their walking shoes and sign up. We walk for clean and safe water for everyone, and I hope you’ll join us! This sponsored post is brought to you through my partnership with World Vision.
One thing I’ve noticed with all this training I have been doing is just how hot it is already here in Florida. It is barely spring and we already have highs near 90 degrees. I’ve had to increase my water consumption considerably. It makes me think about all the people who don’t have easy access to clean and safe water like I do. In Ethiopia alone, about 40 million people lack a clean water source and an estimated 70 million live without adequate sanitation. Can you imagine?
Women and children are the most impacted by the water crisis, as the burden of finding and carrying water each day often falls to them. The walk for water can be long for people around the world, an average of 6 kilometers (approximately 3.7 miles) in search of water, and that water is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. This contaminated water causes many health problems. Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die EVERY DAY from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and improper hygiene.
I feel this is worth repeating.
Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die EVERY DAY from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and improper hygiene.
Just stop for a moment and let that sink in. I think I speak for most of us when I say that clean and safe water is something we take for granted here in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. The idea, no, the REALITY that there are mothers across the world mourning the loss of their children because of a lack of water is unconscionable.
Here’s what World Vision is doing about it:
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 their 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.
World Vision provides safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to decrease illnesses, improve health and lessen the burden on women and children.
Why is this so important?
Safe drinking water, improved sanitation, good hygiene and good water resource management can lead to a reduction in child mortality, cut transmission of malaria, improve public health and reduce extreme poverty.
Combining water, sanitation and hygiene solutions together can cut preventable child deaths by up to 57 percent, reduce chronic malnutrition by 40 percent, reduce school absenteeism among girls by 50 percent, and obtain an 8:1 economic return in target communities.
Team World Vision Global 6K for Water
Here’s what you and I can do to help:
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 people from around the globe will be walking or running a 6K to support World Vision’s water initiatives through the World Vision Global 6K for Water. Register and participate at a local host site, start your own host site, or walk alone or with friends and family right in your neighborhood. What’s important is that you participate and help spread the word. Your $50 registration fee will go to help support World Vision’s water programs. Learn more about World Vision’s water programs.
Register for the 6K for Water. Your $50 Registration includes:
Support of World Vision’s water programs – giving more people access to clean water
Global 6K for Water T-Shirt
Race Bib with a World Vision child available to sponsor
Global 6K for Water Race Medal
Children under the age of 15 years old save 50% off registration!
Meet Cresse. She is who I’ll be walking for on May 6.
Cresse is 9 years old and lives in Mozambique. Cresse Joaquim lives with her parents, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. A picture and story like hers will be included in your race kit, and we hope that meeting Cresse makes this race even more personal for you. Feel free to share Cresse’s picture on social media or in an email inviting your friends to join you for the 6K.
These kids are real and I would love for you to join me at the 6K so that you too can help provide clean water to a child in need! If you can’t participate you can still help spread the word.
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— Angela Sellari (@aboutamom) March 29, 2017
I hope you’ll join me in participating in this very important, life-saving initiative. Sign up today!