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Half Way 'Round the World...Walking for Water For All PDF Print E-mail

Walk for Water is the second annual celebration of World Water Day hosted by Portland Roasting Coffee Company to raise awareness of the world water crisis and raise funds to benefit Water For All. As this video shows, walker registration fees, combined with local sponsorships, raised enough funds in 2009 for Water For All to donate a Fun Pump and a Sun Pump to two primary schools in Kenya’s Western Province. This year the funds raised will be dedicated to water pumps in Tanzania.


"Having seen firsthand what a difference the pumps have made for the schoolchildren in Kenya, this year’s event will be even more meaningful," said Mark Stell, president of Portland Roasting. "Portlanders really care about this issue and it is great to work with an NGO like Water For All, which offers the expertise, the innovative technologies, and the local partnerships to put pumps where they are most needed – at schools and in communities for easy access."

Tanzanian Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, City Commissioner Randy Leonard and other prominent citizens will speak during the event. Students from Portland State University once again are playing a critical role in planning and staffing the two-day celebration.


Walk for Water provides participants of all ages an opportunity to experience what millions of African women and children must do on a daily basis to secure water for drinking, eating and washing: carry or wheel a heavy jerry can of water, often over a long distance. Walkers will be invited to fill a container with water and carry it along a three-mile route along the Willamette River. After the walk, they will enjoy live music and refreshments, as well as a nonprofit fair with local organizations sharing information regarding their work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. They can also watch the 2008 award-winning water documentary, FLOW and attend a concert benefiting Water For All. Learn more about the events.


Created by the United Nations, International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.