Would you be able to carry a large microwave on your back while walking close to 4 miles? It might sound like a crazy question but this is what millions of women and children in the developing world do daily carrying 40-gallon jugs of unfiltered, untreated water an average distance of 6k or 3.7 miles. In the United States we only have to walk to our kitchen faucet to get a glass of safe, clean water to drink. In the developing world nearly 1,000 children under the age of five die each day from diseases caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
The "Global 6K for Water" is on May 4th and World Vision is inviting Americans across the country to help make a difference in the world water crisis starting in their local communities and with the eldest Millennials already well into parenthood, they're also passing their values onto the next generation and bringing the kids along. By registering for the world’s largest walk for clean water at WorldVision6K.org [teamworldvision.org], participants can partner with World Vision to help provide a new person with clean water every 10 seconds.
Sign up is easy! You can walk or run the 6K distance that represents the journey that many children are forced to walk daily in search of water.You can map a route in your neighborhood, host a site with family and friends in your community, or create a virtual team with friends across the country. When you register, World Vision [worldvision.org] will send you a Global 6k for Water T-shirt, a participants’ medal, and a race bib with a photo of the sponsored child that you’ll be walking or running for that day. (And if you live in Chicago or Seattle you can join us in-person at one of our premiere race locations!)