The 7th annual Walk for Water event was held on October 19, 2016!
663 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. In order to supply their families with water, girls would have to go on long 6 kilometers, on average, walks to the nearest water source while carrying large gallons of water which could weigh up to 20 pounds. If these girls have to go on this journey every morning, then they would either not be going to school or dropping out of school.
The event consists of a five kilometer walk from our school, Hillcrest High School, to the Ottawa river, in order to fill water cooler jugs from the river and return them to the school to water the gardens. Each student willing to participate would have to make a donation before attending the event, hoping to reach our $5000 goal that would be used to fund a water project which would provide a village with clean drinking water. This annual event also simulates the journey that many women around the world perform every day. As a study held in Tanzania proves that cutting the time spent every morning to obtain water would allow more than 40 percent of girls return to school.
This event could not have been done without the vast efforts form the students of impact club and their supervisory teacher, Mrs. Charron, to organise such an inspiring event.
Feras Balbous - Hillcrest High School