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Residents asked to “walk for water,” help provide clean water to impoverished children

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World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization focused on tackling poverty and injustice, is hosting its annual 6K “Walk for Water.” People from around the globe are set to participate in the walk at local host sites, including one here in the Twin Tiers. 

Amy Robinson, a volunteer for World Vision, is the team leader for the local walk being held at the Hammondsport United Methodist Church.

According to Robinson, the walk will help provide water for about 70,000 children worldwide. Every $50 registration fee goes directly towards this effort. 

The distance chosen for the walk, 3.7 miles, is signifcant. According to World Vision, “6 kilometers (approximately 3.7 miles, or 15 laps around a track) is the average distance people—usually women and girls—walk to get water for their families and homes in the developing world. Often, the walk is dangerous, children miss school to fulfill this household need, and the water is dirty. When you participate in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, every step you take is one they don’t have to.”

The local walk is taking place on May 4 at 9:30 a.m. The course runs through the sidewalks in the Village of Hammondsport, with rest stops along the way offering refreshments and entertainment.

You can register online or call the church at 607-569-3511.

When you register, World Vision will send you a Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and a race bib with a photo of the child that you’ll be walking or running for that day.

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