Secondary students around the Home Counties join forces with PCI (Project Concern International) to promote global water awareness on World Water Day
LONDON–Yesterday was World Water Day, and PCI (Project Concern International) held its fifth annual London Walk for Water, with more than 125 Londoners walking to raise awareness and funds for clean water programs around the world. The 5-kilometer walk was held at Battersea Park, raising over $25,000.
BAFTA Winner Christian Stevenson of Channel 5 television series ‘RAD’ and ‘RAD The Groms Tour’) emceed the event, with participants carrying buckets of water to simulate the journey that women and children make every day in developing countries to obtain water.
Students from several secondary schools including: Alleyn’s, Emanuel, Wellington and The Kings School, Canterbury participated in the walk, and many of these institutions hosted assemblies and fundraisers leading up to the walk and will incorporate other nationwide water awareness activities in support of this event.
“Millions face the problem of finding potable water on a daily basis, and we, as a community, can gain tips and ideas on how to conserve water locally and help ease the burden of this global issue,” said George Guimaraes, President and CEO of PCI. “This event promotes awareness and compassion toward the water conservation issues that so many around the world, and our hope is to create awareness starting at a local level.”
PCI is committed to assisting the girls and women around the world who typically spend at least six hours each day obtaining water and carrying 44-pound containers over long distances. The lack of access to clean drinking water leads to disease, absence from school and work, sickness, and death. PCI gives students, their families, and the community the opportunity to step into someone else’s shoes and experience this daily journey tasked to millions around the world.
PCI is proud to partner with Strategy&, Idexx, Cubic, B&Q, Prudential, Raymond James in today’s walk and in promoting access to clean, safe water locally and globally. You can learn more about the event at https://www.pciglobal.org/walkforwater
Founded in 1961, PCI (Project Concern International) is an international health, development and humanitarian assistance organization, operating in 16 countries worldwide. PCI is dedicated to saving lives and building healthy communities around the globe, benefiting over 6.7 million people annually in Asia, Africa and the Americas.