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August 17, 2012
Walk for Water (4) Background of Walk for Water
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upcoming weekend August 18/19 a group of 15 children and I are undertaking our
annual 12-hour Walk for Water. I am passionate about meeting the needs of the
world’s poor, always focusing on the compassionate words of St Mary of the
Cross MacKillop about ‘doing something about needs’.
from 2009 we have been committed to addressing one water supply need within a
community in rural Uganda each year. As adults and teachers we can teach and
inform our children about the many kilometres that members of our most
marginalised global family in Africa have to walk to collect the basic of life:
water. Often this water is of very poor quality causing many preventable
diseases. Great stories indeed, BUT, it is another thing to walk the talk. This
all began by a group of inspired 11 and 12 year olds who said to me, “well why
don’t we walk too?” Can’t argue with this.
so we walk, individually covering about 30-45kms in the allocated time, with
half the distance carrying an empty drum, and the other half carrying drums with
either 10Lts up to 20Lts for adults. In these children’s eyes, how can you
create awareness of something that you have never experienced? And I totally
agree. These children walk in solidarity with the millions of children who walk
each day to fetch water. It does not matter to the children that they are
helping other children from far away, what matters to them is that they are
compassionate in action.
this, kind readers, is a lesson to us all. I ask you to consider: “How far
would you go for a drum of dirty water for your families?” next time you turn
the handle of a tap. I will share a video of the walk next time around.