Last week at the University of Kent, over 100 children from local schools braved the cold to walk 6 kilometers with 6 litres of water each to raise vital funds for charity. Walking for Water helps support children in Africa who have to walk an average of 6km (4 miles) per day just to get clean drinking water. David Mann, Walking for Water event organiser, was hopeful this year’s event would raise £3-4000 for the charity, which provides clean water and sanitation for the residents of Muzuzu in Malawi. It will also train local people to make, build, install and maintain well and sanitation equipment.
The temperature may have been low but the spirits of the children taking part were high, and they were eager to get started on the trek. Oli Prior, Kent Sport fitness team manager, said ‘I always look forward to the ‘Walking for Water’ warm-up as no matter how cold it is (5 degrees today) the kids always arrive with bundles of energy and are ready to walk to their hearts content. With other schools walking locally as well as partner schools in the Netherlands also taking part in the event, it is great to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by the school children’s African counterparts as well as raising vital funds for the charity’.
If you would like to support Walk 4 Water on 24th March 2017, or donate to the Walking for Water fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.