Walk for Water changes lives in Uganda

The Walk for Water fundraiser for water projects in Uganda takes place Oct. 1 at Langley's City Park

The Walk for Water on Oct. 1 is raising money for clean water projects in Uganda.

If you were to walk to the nearest tap for some water, how many steps would it take? Ten, 15, 20 — then a quick turn of a nozzle? What if, instead, you had to walk several kilometres down dangerous roads just to fill up a couple of heavy jerry cans with water that might make you sick? That’s the reality every day for millions of Ugandans.

Now, a group of volunteers are striving to make a difference by walking in Ugandans shoes for one afternoon.

The Walk for Water, sponsored by Novus Glass, is a unique event intended for all ages to get an experience they will never forget. With a minimum donation of $25, participants will walk 6 km to a “watering hole” at the Novus building, fill up their jerry cans or 4-Litre milk jugs, and return to Langley City Park to celebrate.

Novus has a long history of charitable partnership, and has donated $15,000 to help ACTS, the group hosting the event, to provide clean water to 16,500 Ugandans.

ACTS is an organization that builds gravity-flow systems to provide clean water to villages. This is done by finding a water spring source in the hills above the communities in need, protecting the source, then building a network of pipelines, reservoirs and accessible tap stands.

In 20 years, the organization has completed 21 gravity-flow water projects, providing clean water to 162,000 people in rural Uganda.

It costs $125 to provide a lifetime of clean drinking water for a child in Uganda, so each $25 donation during the Walk for Water has an immense impact. The goal, however, is more about instigating long-term empathy and awareness by getting the community together for an afternoon of feel-good fun.

The walk takes place on Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Langley City Park, 4979 207 St. For more info, visit the “Novus Walk for Water Langley” Facebook page, or http://acts.ca/walkforwater/.

 

Just Posted

Langley golfer Erin Lee wins major Pitt Meadows tournament

Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) gets underway at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort

LETTER: Fort Langley driver lobbies for roundabout signalling

ICBC rules call for drivers to signal when exiting roundabouts.

South Langley community group wants to talk innovative housing

Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association invites people to a meeting about the future of housing.

GREEN BEAT: Opening ‘new roads’ in Langley makes cycling safer

HUB Langley pushed to ‘UnGap the Map’ and create more bike infrastructure throughout the community.

Langley Then and Now: A different view of Aldergrove

Check out the photo of Flag Day from 1926.

WATCH: Out and about in Langley

March 23 to 25; your guide to community happenings.

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

Most Read