Update: September 2, 2011 – As of this morning, I haven’t completed my goal of 50 miles…I’m at 25.59 miles, so I’ll continue walking and soliciting your support. And this still gives me the opportunity to raise more money:).
Thanks to everyone that has contributed to my effort and helped me raise $190 thus far. I really appreciate your supporting my little effort with this project. I look forward to getting more donations before the walk-a-thon tomorrow morning.
About Walk for Wells
Walk for Wells’ mission is to spread awareness of the world water crisis as they raise funds to supply clean water to rural areas of Africa, specifically in the countries of Kenya, Nigeria & Liberia; while promoting physical fitness in our local community. This is their 1st annual event. The Walk for Wells benefits the JHB Hope Foundation (jhbhopefoundation.org). The JHB Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that restores hope and implements humanitarian projects that positively impact the lives of others. These projects focus on providing access to clean drinking water, quality healthcare, educational resources and feeding programs. This global outreach ministry is dedicated to sharing an unprecedented message of love, compassion and hope to the less privileged.
Health Impact: At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water related disease such as typhoid and cholera. 1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000 deaths a day (UNDP). The simple act of washing hands with soap and clean water can reduce diarrheal diseases by over 40% (UNICEF). Water-related diseases are the second biggest killer of children worldwide, after acute respiratory infections like tuberculosis (UNDP).
Educational Impact: More than 150 million school age children are infected with water borne parasites. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases (UNDP). Teachers also lose school days from being sick from water related diseases.
Walk for Wells in conjunction with the JHB Hope Foundation will provide the basic humanitarian need of pure drinking water by building more wells.
Agnes’s Goal: The walk-a-thon is 5k (3.1 miles) and scheduled for September 3rd. I plan to walk an additional 50 miles between July 3rd and September 1st.
Please support my efforts by making a generous donation.
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For more info about this project, visit the Walk for Wells website.