World Vision To Host World’s Biggest 6K Walk For Water

Lifestyle
May 10, 2018

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, people from around the globe will unite through the world’s biggest 6K for clean water, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, and walk or run 6 kilometers for an extraordinary cause.

“Nearly, 1,000 children die every day because of a lack of clean water and sanitation. The Global 6K for Water is a one-day, worldwide event where thousands will unite to literally save lives through the gift of clean water,” said Ashley Colquitt, the Global 6K for Water Race Director. “Last year, over 28,000 people in countries around the world ran and walked to bring clean water to those in need. This year, we’re hoping even more people join us in our goal to bring life-changing clean water to 50,000 children who desperately need it.”

The distance is significant. 6 kilometers (approximately 3.7 miles, or 15 laps around a track) is the average distance people—usually women and girls—walk to get water for their families and homes in the developing world. Often, the walk is dangerous, children miss school to fulfill this household need, and the water is dirty. When you participate in World Vision’s Global 6K, every step you take is one they won’t have to.

Sign-up and participation is easy! You can map a route from your front door and gather your family and friends in your community, or create a virtual team with friends across the country. When you register, World Vision will send you a Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and a race bib with a photo of the child that you’ll be walking or running for that day. If you live in Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, or Detroit, you can walk or run at a premier site hosted by World Vision.

Every $50 registration fee will provide life-changing clean water to one person. (And thanks to our sponsors, youths 18 and under can sign up for just $25!)

“It doesn’t take much to change a life. The $50 registration fee provides clean water for one person, so when more people sign up, more children will be freed of the deadly diseases and the treacherous walks that come with a lack of clean water. For these children, it’s a chance to get an education and to grow up healthy,” added Colquitt. “It’s the perfect way to get moving with your family and friends on a Saturday morning while also changing the world!”

Walk, run, or even push a stroller — however you cross the finish line, you’ll help transform the lives of women and children like 5-year-old Grace in Uganda, who starts and ends her day with a dangerous 6-kilometer walk to fetch disease-ridden water.

In 1990, 76 percent of the world had access to improved drinking water. Today, that number is nearly 89 percent. Clean water frees children from deadly diseases, liberates women and children from a life spent gathering dirty water, and opens the door to education, a promising future, and a full life. Join them on May 19 as they walk together to increase access to clean water even more.

World Vision is the largest nongovernmental (NGO) provider of clean water in the developing world, reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaching three more schools every day with clean water. In 2017, World Vision provided access to clean water to 3.2 million people. Register or learn more today by visiting www.worldvision6k.org.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.WorldVision.org/media or follow us on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.

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