Once I started learning more about the issues children face surrounding access to safe and clean water, the Water Walk became even more meaningful. A 7km walk is a long way for anyone, especially day after day, and we weren't even carrying water. The amount of time this must take away from a child's day is staggering.
"It was a good opportunity to be a
positive role model for my children."
Comparing this situation to that of my own children, who only need to walk a couple of metres to our kitchen sink to get fresh water, really spurred me on. It was a good opportunity to raise the issue amongst my friends, family and colleagues, and to be a positive role model for my children, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when health is a priority.
I ended up doing 7kms in seven consecutive days from 1 October, then kept going with as much walking as I could for the month, reaching a total of 274kms. Doing the Water Walk made me realise the lengths some children have to go to just for water – something we take for granted. It was a fantastic way to keep active together, even while apart.
Together, our incredible Water Walk participants raised more than $111,000 to support children with access to clean water and sanitation.