The “End Water Poverty” campaign’s plans for “World Water Day 2012” include The World Walks for Water Campaign. It is a global event from 17-25 March 2012 which aims to raise awareness of the world’s current water and sanitation crisis, and ‑ critically ‑ demand strong government action to stop the needless deaths of 4,000 children every day due to a lack of clean water.
The campaign calls for members of the End Water Poverty alliance and their supporters to stand in solidarity with the women and children around the world who are forced to walk long distances and for hours on end just to find water before carrying it back to their homes. The weight of the water may sometimes be as much as 18kg and the distances walked are on average around 6km. For many, the water they carry is unsafe to drink; thus, inadvertently they are contributing to the number of deaths in their homes or villages.
As a member of the End Water Poverty campaign Interpal is organising a 20 mile (32 km) walk on Saturday 24th March. “This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the current water and sanitation crisis across the world. We at Interpal are very proud to be part of this global campaign and hope you can join us on this and make a real difference,” said Interpal’s Managing Trustee, Dr. Essam Mustafa. Glenda Jackson, Labour MP has shown her support for the event and said ‘You may have tired feet but hopefully the water will flow…’
Interpal is calling on MPs as well as all its supporters and their families and friends to join this walk and help raise awareness and urgently-needed funds for Interpal’s Clean Water Project; just £40 will provide a family with a 250 litre water tank and £10 a month to ensure that that tank is filled with safe clean water. It costs only £5 to register for the walk on Interpal’s website www.interpal.org, and the charity is encouraging each participant to raise £150 or more to ensure that needless water-borne diseases and deaths are prevented.
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