Australia’s water utilities have shared their support for the annual Walk for Water event to be held this October, calling on participants to walk, run or ride for five days to raise funds and awareness for the WaterAid charity.
WaterAid is an international charity organisation seeking to improve water sanitation and hygiene in developing countries.
The Australian water sector has once again banded together in support of WaterAid’s life changing work, with corporate teams from around the country registering to take part in the event.
A group of outstanding leaders across the water industry have also stood up as
ambassadors, or “Water Leaders” for the event, helping to raise both funds and awareness.
771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
For hundreds of millions of people, that means long, dangerous and physically painful walks to collect water from sources that can be unsafe to drink.
By signing up for Walk for Water, a nationwide event held between Monday 10 October and Friday 14 October, participants will help to change this reality by walking, running or riding for five days and asking their networks to sponsor their efforts.
CEO of Urban Utilities and first-time WaterAid Water Leader, Paul Arnold, said he was honoured to take part in the charitable event.
“I’m honoured to take part in Walk for Water to help raise much-needed funds for WaterAid and generate awareness around the important global issue of water inequality,” Mr Arnold said.
“Here in Australia, it’s so easy to take fresh, clean water for granted. But when you learn that one in ten of your fellow human beings aren’t afforded the same basic right, it makes you sit up and take notice.
“The statistics are distressing and simply unacceptable. As Water Leaders, we must use our voices to effect positive change.”
Teams and individuals will fight it out on the leaderboard to see who can raise the
most funds this year.
Funds raised through Walk for Water will help communities around the world gain
access to clean water sources close to home, freeing up women’s time and enabling
girls to spend more time at school.
Last year alone, WaterAid reached 388,000 household members, 155,000 school
students and 1,618,000 patients in healthcare facilities with access to clean water*.
Funds raised through Walk for Water are vital in maintaining and extending that
Acting CEO of WaterAid Australia, Tom Muller, said the event was a great way for WaterAid to raise awareness for an important cause.
“Getting involved in Walk for Water is a great way for people to show their support for increasing access to safe water across the globe,” Mr Muller said.
“It’s also an opportunity for workplaces to boost health and wellbeing, and come together for a really important cause”.
Register now for WaterAid’s Walk for Water event, here.