WORLD VISION GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER I don’t know about you, but I love water. It’s truly my favorite drink – with wine coming in as a very close second. I drink water all day, and I love it best when it is ice cold. In our community, or heck, in most of our country, access to clean healthy water is literally a faucet turn or bottle cap twist away. Although, our friends in Flint, Michigan might disagree with me. However, in developing countries around the world, nearly 1,000 children under the age of five die each day from diseases caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and improper hygiene.
Chicagoan Rusty Funk, the National Director of Team World Vision, has, for the last three years, been leading the charge in organizing and running the Global 6K for Water here in Chicagoland. World Vision is a humanitarian organization that provides long-term solutions to poverty, emergency assistance and advocates on behalf of the poor. They are the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world and currently work in 100 countries. The Global 6K for Water is an opportunity for local communities to help bring clean water to children around the world.
This year, the event was held on May 6th, and it was the first year they rolled out on a national and global scale having more than 27,000 participants from 18 countries. The course, 6K (about 3.7 miles) is the average distance people (often women or young girls) in developing countries walk daily to get water. Many times, that water is dirty. Every $50 race registration provided clean water to one person. This year, nearly 1.6 million dollars was raised for clean water projects. Each participant that ran or walked the course wore a bib with a picture of a child in need of assistance. Many families, at the close of the event, chose to sign up and sponsor the child on their bib.
“At the end of the day, it comes down to people believing they can do something,” says Rusty. “Giving is amazing, but when you GIVE and DO, when you sweat, when you move your feet, then you are transformed.”
Learn more about World Vision and how you can run or host a Global 6K in your community next year, become a child sponsor, volunteer at an event or use your voice to advocate for the poor. Visit them at www.worldvision.org/get-involved. Photos submitted.
Mindy’s June Giving Inspiration: Do you know parents who could use a night off? Offer to watch their kids for an evening and let them have a well-deserved date night.
ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is the owner of Be Inspired Studios and is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and lives in Naperville with her husband, three children and the cutest dog in the land.