Another Walk for Water is in the books! For the seventh year in a row, we hosted our annual 5K Walk for Water in San Diego. Nearly 500 people experienced the journey for clean water by carrying buckets of water during the walk – a journey made by millions of women and children around the world every day.

Walkers were welcomed to the starting line by a local high school drumline, where they collected their buckets of water. After completing the journey around Mission Bay, walkers finished with a treat from Rita’s Italian Ice as well as samples and giveaways from our other partners. We were also fortunate enough to have a group of refugee women who came to demonstrate how they would carry heavy buckets of water on their heads for long distances.

Women and girls in developing countries spend up to 6 hours per day searching for water, and better access to clean water would mean they could spend more time pursuing their educational and vocational goals. We are so grateful for the tremendous participation from San Diegans in the Walk for Water, and their support to raise awareness about the water crisis happening around the globe. With San Diego struggling with a water crisis of its own, water used in the Walk was taken and returned to the Bay. Which some said was the best part!

We greatly appreciate the efforts of Dylan de Waart, a senior at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, for his work as chair of the Walk for Water 2015 and Robert Santos from ABC-10 who served as the Master of Ceremonies, not to mention all of the volunteers who participated. And a special thanks goes to Chili’s, Southwest Airlines, Whole Foods Market, UPS, Suja, Progenity, T&M WorldBead, and Rita’s for transforming the Walk for Water from a vision into a reality.

We also hosted a Walk for Water in London last month, the day before World Water Day, to help raise awareness about the water crisis. A big thank you to our sponsors in London: Strategy&, Cubic, Idexx, Prudential, B&Q, T&M WorldBead, UPS, Whole Foods Market, and Raymond James Investment Services.

Between the two Walks, over $90,000 was raised. These funds will support our water and sanitation programs and efforts to end poverty worldwide.