Lin­wood, Mary­hill stu­dents take part in We Walk for Wa­ter fundraiser

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - FAISAL ALI

THE STU­DENTS AT LIN­WOOD Pub­lic School and St. Boni­face Catholic School were out in force this week to par­tic­i­pate in the global We Walk for Wa­ter fundraiser. Hit­ting the tracks and the trails, the stu­dents walked in an ef­fort to raise money for pro­vid­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter for those in need.

The fundrais­ers were part of the schools’ stu­dent-run We Teams, which runs sev­eral ini­tia­tives and char­i­ties through­out the year. In both Lin­wood and Mary­hill, the stu­dents chal­lenged them­selves and their peers to raise money for the cause.

“So our goal was $450, and we ac­tu­ally dou­bled it and raised $1,065,” said Travis Brubacher, a mem­ber of the Lin­wood We Team.

Over at St. Boni­face, which had its walk on Tues­day, the to­tal raised was still be­ing tal­lied up by pub­li­ca­tion time, but the school of 150 had al­ready been able to bring in more than $600.

Ac­cord­ing to the global We or­ga­ni­za­tion, which sup­ports the in­de­pen­dent We Teams, it costs as lit­tle as $25 to pro­vide a sin­gle person with potable wa­ter for life. Yet for many, the act of get­ting clean wa­ter is an ar­du­ous task as­signed to chil­dren and, in par­tic­u­lar, women. To sym­bol­ize the dif­fi­culty, stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the walk were tasked with car­ry­ing jugs of wa­ter.

“What shocked me is that it’s not that they just have to walk once a day, [but] they have to walk three or four times a day,

and it can be a seven hour walk their and back,” said Brubacher. “So they’re spend­ing pretty much all day walk­ing.”

“It’s not just the is­sue of get­ting clean wa­ter for their fam­ily, it’s the is­sue of time because it does take time to get the wa­ter and that sac­ri­fices kids’ abil­ity to go to school. A lot of girls can’t go to school because they’re car­ry­ing wa­ter,” noted Eve­lyn Je­witt-Dyck.

“Or a par­ent can’t have a job and make money for their fam­ily because they have to go walk to get wa­ter all day, so they don’t have time to work,” she added.

Over the year, stu­dents in the school We Teams par­tic­i­pate in a number of fundrais­ing events over the year. Un­der the We or­ga­ni­za­tion’s model, teams typ­i­cally al­ter­nate in fo­cus be­tween international fundrais­ers, like We Walk for Wa­ter, and lo­cal ini­tia­tives such as the Toasty Toes sock drive and Christ­mas present drives.

[FAISAL ALI / THE OB­SERVER]

Stu­dents at St. Boni­face school in Mary­hill were out Tues­day for the We Walk for Wa­ter fundraiser – as part of the event, stu­dents were tasked with car­ry­ing heavy jugs of wa­ter to rep­re­sent the strug­gle for many in the de­vel­op­ing world.

[FAISAL ALI / THE OB­SERVER]

The Lin­wood We Team, which or­ga­nized the school’s walk last week. Mem­bers are: Kaiden Stevens, Ry­lan Edwards, Travis Brubacher, Keaton Borut­skie, Faith Neu­mann, Kim Hiebert, Solenne Brown, Damian Bau­man, Eve­lyne Je­witt-Dyck, Clara Rose, Kaden Sher­rer,...

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