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We did it! This week WaterAfrica gave the proceeds of Walk4Water6 to World Vision: $60,023!! We are so grateful for the many different people who worked and walked and donated and prayed for this event. With joyful hearts we CELEBRATE achieving our goal of $60,000. This provides Water, Sanitation & Hygiene resources for 1,200 Zambians!
World Vision shared a video with us this week and we share it with you here. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch and listen. Your part in the WaterAfrica story is life-changing. Thank you!
|Turning in Donation at W4W6 Registration|
In April we told you that this remarkable Girl Scout Brownie Troop set aside money from their cookie sales to make a donation to Walk4Water6, and that they were busy soliciting sponsors for their participation in the Walk. At that time the girls hoped to double their $250 W4W5 donation, but in fact, they turned in a donation of $710.72!!
Indeed, it was a delight to have these girls join us for W4W6. Prior to the Walk they studied World Vision’s 5 elements for WASH and prepared a mini display which they set up at the Walk. They spoke fluently about the need for accessible, clean water and the solutions that World Vision provides as they presented their display alongside information about water conservation in their own community.
After W4W6 as the girls reflected on their experience with their Troop Leaders Gina Spady and Kathy Larimer they wondered about the possibility of visiting Africa themselves. They decided they’d have to “sell a lot more cookies!”
The girls enjoyed finding themselves featured in this W4W6 Oregonian report and we enjoyed having them participate in the Walk. As Emmanuel urged us in his opening remarks, As You Walk, be filled with joy….you are using your time to save lives. Thank you for contributing to the joy, Brownie Troop 40473!!
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We were blessed with a beautiful Saturday morning as our WaterAfrica community gathered at Foothills Park to take a Life-Changing Walk together. We look forward to sharing Walk4Water6 pictures, stories and video here on our blog in the coming days. If you follow us on Facebook you’ll find we’ve begun posting pictures there.
Don’t miss these honest and powerful opening remarks from Dr. Emmanuel Opong, the regional director of World Vision’s Southern Africa WASH program. Emmanuel told us about his grief in losing his only sister to diarrhea-related death when they were young children growing up in a village in Ghana. He closed by admonishing us: “As you walk, be filled with joy…you are using your time to save human life.”
We will have a fundraising report soon. Our goal was to raise $60,000 to provide a lifetime of clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for 1200 Villagers living in rural Zambia. If you would like to help us meet that goal you can still Donate Here.
P.S. The Oregonian Featured the Walk4Water this year! Find the story here:
We are so excited to present WaterAfrica’s 6th Annual Walk4Water – THIS SATURDAY MORNING! We have a big goal: Raise $60,000 in order to provide clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for over 1200 people living in rural Zambian Villages.
Thanks to the generous support of our Corporate Sponsors we are able to donate 100% of Walk registrations and donations to World Vision’s WASH program in Zambia. We are also grateful to 3 generous donors who’ve provided a total of $15,000 in matching funds, allowing us to multiply the fundraising effort! We hope you’ll Register for the Walk or Donate. Thank you!
We look forward to a life-changing Walk with you on Saturday morning. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Check-In at 8:30am
2. Walk Begins at 9am
3. Register Here but Walk-Ins are Welcome. Invite your friends!
4. Purchase short sleeve T-shirts in youth or adult sizes for $10 on Saturday morning. We still have a few limited edition long-sleeve tees available for $20. (50% of the purchase price is a donation to World Vision’s WASH work in Zambia)
5. Bring Your Own Bucket
6. We Will Walk Rain or Shine – The Zambian Villagers do!
Don’t Miss These Stories:
1. The Lake Oswego Review featured Walk4Water6 on the front page last week.
2. Lake Oswego Resident & Realtor Kevin Costello featured Walk4Water6 on his blog this week.
3. We are really looking forward to having 15 students from Riverdale High School present information on Water Issues. Please take a minute to read this remarkable story about their class published earlier this month in the Lake Oswego Review. We are delighted that they want to join us for the Walk!
4. Claire Murray will have beautiful homemade items for sale again this year. 100% of proceeds will be given to World Vision’s WASH Work in Zambia. Read the story we published about Claire on our blog last year.
5. Our Blog is a great place to keep up with interesting Walk feature stories and information after the Walk. You can even subscribe to receive the blogposts by email if you’d like. (Enter your email address in the email subscription box at the top right of this page.)
Walk4Water6 Corporate Sponsor Dr. Michelle Vessely is just back from a Cleft Lip & Palate Medical Mission Trip in Zambia. You can read her blog report here.We asked Dr. Vessely why she sponsors the Walk4Water:
“I support the important work WaterAfrica is doing in Zambia. Having just been there last week, and having seen women and children carrying water, I know it is real and it is vital.”
Thank you for Sponsoring Walk4Water6, Dr. Vessely! Corporate Sponsors and In-Kind Donors allow us to fund event expenses so that 100% of the event registrations and donations can be applied to World Vision’s WASH program in Zambia. Sponsorship money that exceeds event expense is applied to the fundraising total.
We recently asked Corporate Sponsor Jordan Ramis PC, Attorneys at Law why they sponsor Walk4Water. This is what Chief Operating Officer Bev Root said:
Jordan Ramis supports Walk4Water for three main reasons: it is an important civic event in the City ofLake Oswego, where our headquarters office has been located since 1996; Walk4Water provides practical and life-changing help to Zambian people in need; and it deals with water and water law is an important practice group in our firm.
Thank you Jordan Ramis for your faithful support through the years! Corporate Sponsors and In-Kind Donors allow us to fund event expenses so that 100% of the event registrations and donations can be applied to World Vision’s WASH program in Zambia. Sponsorship money that exceeds event expense is applied to the fundraising total.
|With Fred Mazumba at W4W5|
Last year this group of young girls solicited sponsors for their participation in Walk4Water5 and were able to donate $250! This year as First Year Brownie Troop 40473 from Oregon City, these second graders wanted to do more and so they donated out of their cookie sales and again are asking people to sponsor their participation in Walk4Water6. With this effort they are well on the way to doubling last year’s donation!
Additionally, they prepared and delivered a presentation to leaders in their Service Unit inviting other Troops to get involved by donating, sponsoring or walking. Please take 2.5 minutes to watch these girls speak on behalf of WaterAfrica and Walk4Water. They are truly engaged in one of their Troop laws: “Make the World a Better Place” and we are grateful.
Thank you Troop Leaders Gina Spady and Kathy Larimer. Thank you Parents of Brownie Troop 40473. Thank you Girls!! You are indeed making the world a better place!
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The Lewis and Clark Marimba Ensemble brings a delightful gift of music to Walk4Water each year. Their instructor Nathan Beck is a member of Boka Marimba, a local African style dance band which plays music from Zimbabwe and other areas of southeastern Africa. Nathan and his wife performed percussion pieces at Walk4Water1 and he has brought his Lewis & Clark Marimba Ensemble to perform at the Walk every year since. We are so grateful for their faithful presence and we look forward to having them join us again next Saturday morning!
We recently asked WASH-Level Corporate Sponsor Whitaker Ellis why they sponsor Walk4Water. This is what President Bill Ellis said:
My business partner and I take great pride in carefully selecting organizations when deciding where our charitable contribution should go every year. WaterAfrica’s Walk4Water continues to receive our support based on their impact on those needing water just to survive. When you look at the relatively small dollars spent to provide water for hundreds of individuals, and how much we as U.S. citizens take our water for granted, it’s a pretty easy decision.
Thank you Whitaker Ellis for your faithful support through the years! Corporate Sponsors and In-Kind Donors allow us to fund event expenses so that 100% of the event registrations and donations can be applied to World Vision’s WASH program. Sponsorship money that exceeds event expense is applied to the fundraising total.