I am excited to bring you details of an important event taking place in Guelph on August 23rd, 2014. This is a fund raising project for Plan Canada, one of Canada’s oldest and most respected aid agencies. The funds raised will go specifically to combat the global water and sanitation crisis. The event is called The Walk for Water.
The Walk for Water is a sponsored walk with a difference. Participants are being asked to fill a container of their choice directly from the Eramosa River and carry it with them on the 5km walk thus simulating the burden that typically young girls and women in the developing world endure every day in an effort to supply clean, safe water to their families. There are currently 2.8 billion people without access to adequate sanitation facilities and 780 million people without access to safe drinking water. It is estimated that 3,000 children die every day from diarrhea caused by the consumption of contaminated water.
The event will be officially opened by Mayor Farbridge as she delivers a message of support on behalf of The City of Guelph. The walk will begin at the Covered Bridge at 10:00am on Saturday August 23rd, and will follow the Eramosa River from the bridge to Victoria Road before returning to the bridge where there will be live music featuring local singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley. It is not by accident that the route will pass by Guelph’s main water processing plant reminding participants of how extremely fortunate we are to turn on our taps and not have to worry whether or not we will become ill.
To make this event a success we need to inform as many people as possible of the details. It is for this reason that I am contacting you and asking for your help. Any advanced publicity regarding the event would be greatly appreciated. To learn more about the water and sanitation crisis you can visit our Facebook page Walk for Water Guelph or if you have any questions regarding the event I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.