The National Junior Honor Society participated in the Walk for Water fundraiser on Saturday, October 11 to build a well in Africa that will provide clean water. The organization One Drop sponsored the event at the Springs Preserve.
The entire walk was 2.7 miles from The Smith Center Symphony Park to the Springs Preserve. At about 9:30 Saturday morning, the participants began making their way to the Springs Preserve. The walk itself lasted approximately an hour. Once there, a festival celebration complete with food, music, games, and other various entertainment took place.
Of course, the walk’s main purpose was not merely entertainment. One Drop wanted to raise money to go towards supplying water to people in Africa. The entry fee was $20.00 dollars for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors. One Drop also accepted separate donations to help raise even more money.
Not only did they accomplish collecting these funds, but they also spread awareness to others about how people in other countries don’t have easy access to clean water.
NJHS had hoped that this walk would raise enough money for water and help people become more aware of the increasing problem.
“We take for granted living in the Untied States, the fact that we have running water at our disposal.” said Mrs. Kathy Grant, NJHS Supervisor. ”We all need to be more aware of how blessed we are.”
Every twenty seconds a child in Africa dies due to the lack of clean water, according to Grant. She and her students felt it was important to address this issue happening every day.
“Everyone deserves water,” said Bailey Friel, NJHS President.
These students wanted to give clean water to the unprivileged countries because it’s “necessary for all human life.” said Devon Blaylock, NJHS Reporter.
Grant and her students hoped that as many people as possible would come out and support their cause. From this school alone, about (number of participating students) walked the distance to give water.
Prior to the event, seventh grader Brianna Murray said that she wanted to participate because since people “have lots of stuff” they should use it to “give them water”.
Overall, NJHS felt that the event went was a success and everyone left with more appreciation for what they have.
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