A group of churches is gearing up to join in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water – raising money for vital water supplies in the world’s poorest communities.
The Carlisle Rural Mission Community is encouraging as many people as possible to join the walk during World Water Week (23 – 27 August). It will involve two laps of the Watchtree Nature Reserve in Cumbria. The reserve itself is home to several wetland habitats including the ‘lake’ for surface water storage and reed beds and lagoons built specifically for water treatment.
World Vision’s Global 6K for Water sees teams from businesses, churches, schools, families, and other groups walking, jogging, scooting, or cycling a 6km route of their choice to raise money and awareness of communities that don’t have access to clean water.
The 6K (3.5 miles) represents the distance many young children have to walk to collect water in poorer countries. The walk is often before school, leaving the youngsters too tired to concentrate in class.
The Revd Richard Corrie, who was ordained Deacon in the Church of England in June this year, has spearheaded the Watchtree G6K. Richard serves as Assistant Curate of the Warnell Parishes – part of the ecumenical Carlisle Rural Mission Community.
“I sponsor a little boy in Uganda through World Vision and saw the G6K advertised in a supporter email,” says Richard. “I am excited about this. I hope we can raise a substantial amount of money and ultimately build a relationship with one of the poorer communities that World Vision works with. We’ve got a Facebook page for the mission community and we’ll be including a roll of honour naming all of the people who complete the Watchtree G6K.”
Mark Sheard, CEO of World Vision UK says: “We are always delighted when an organisation signs up for the Global 6K for Water. To have 20 churches taking part in Cumbria is fantastic. The money they raise will help support the people we work with in poorer countries. These people include children and communities who face daily dangers just getting access to water – something we take for granted in the UK. Everyone who takes part in this event is helping us to provide clean water supplies in more and more communities.”
Written By: Jo Duckles