How far do YOU walk for water?

March 17, 2010 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

Did you know that many people in developing countries, usually women and children, must walk several miles each day to obtain water for drinking and cooking? Water collection (collection !!!) in sub-Saharan Africa consumes 40 billion hours each year, the amount of work that might be done by 19 million full-time employees. As a result, a typical African family uses only 5 gallons of water per day compared to the 100-150 gallons used by the typical American family.

If you would like to learn more about the water crisis in the developing world, visit World Water Day PDX 2010. This event, including the Walk for Water, is scheduled for Sunday, March 21, 1 PM at the World Trade Center opposite Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The celebration will last from 11 AM to 3 PM, and it includes a concert the following day at the Aladdin Theater. Organizers hope that walkers will not only walk the 3.1 mile route, but they will also do a bit of fundraising (gather pledges).

Alan to Reed walkers: Since I will be in San Francisco for the entire weekend, you can put me down for a $10/Reed walker pledge right now (max 8 walkers). Now that I’ve got the ball rolling, hit up your friends for some more pledges and go take a walk.

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