Walk 4 Water and change a life with every step


6 Jan 2014 | AU

WHAT: WaterAid’s Walk 4 Water – walk 10,000 steps a day for five days
WHEN: 17 - 21 March 2014
WHERE: Anywhere
WHY: Walk in the footsteps of those without safe water and raise money for WaterAid

WaterAid is calling on Australians to join the Walk 4 Water 10,000 steps challenge in March 2014. The annual fundraiser is designed to get people walking in the footsteps of the world’s poorest.

With 1 in 10 of the world’s population not having access to safe water, the Walk 4 Water 10,000 steps challenge will remind participants of the daily journey that people – primarily women and children - in developing countries undertake to collect water.

WaterAid Chief Executive, Adam Laidlaw, said the five day event is aimed at highlighting the distances people walk daily to collect water which affects their livelihood and quality of life. “Walking long distances to collect water often deprives women of time to earn a living and children of an education," Mr Laidlaw said.

Walk 4 Water is a simple concept - 10,000 steps a day for five days in your workplace, school or simply built into your daily routine. Registration is open to individuals and teams. Once signed-up, walkers are challenged to raise $200 each and start a conversation to raise awareness for the 768 million people living without access to safe water.

Mr Laidlaw said he encourages corporates, schools and the wider community to get behind Walk 4 Water and to help change lives in the 27 countries around the world where WaterAid works.

“The funds raised through events like Walk 4 Water allow WaterAid to transform lives in the world’s poorest communities, including Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste,” Mr Laidlaw said.

For more information or to register for Walk 4 Water please go to: www.walk4water.com.au 

To watch our YouTube video click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_YfarGpE8U

Registration is $15 per person and participants will receive a pedometer to count their steps.

Walk 4 Water will officially be held from 17 - 21 March 2014 to coincide with World Water Day on Saturday 22 March 2014. 

Kathryn Kenyon, Walk 4 Water Project Officer: 03 9001 8254 or Kathryn.Kenyon@wateraid.org.au

About WaterAid
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit: www.wateraid.org.au