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Inaugural Walk for Water Holland Event Set to Educate, Draw at Least 500


Holland, MI  - Instead of turning on the tap in your house, imagine collecting your drinking water in a bucket from Lake Macatawa, and then carrying it a mile and a half for your family’s use.  On September 25, the first ever Holland Walk for Water will allow participants to experience just that, raising awareness of the global water crisis and funds to help bring clean water to people in third world, earthquake- and hurricane-stricken countries.     

Holland Walk for Water will take place at Kollen Park on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 am.  Walkers will travel three total miles, dipping their five-gallon buckets into Lake Macatawa at the half way point of the walk, then returning to Kollen Park to dump their collected water into a solar-powered water filtration system, as used all over the world by Water Missions International to purify water.  One of these systems produces enough water to serve a village of 5,000 people in need.  Walkers can register at http://www.watermissions.org/holland-walkor at 9 am onsite. 

The goal for Holland Walk for Water is twofold:  awareness and fundraising.  Organizers hope to attract at least 500 people to participate in this task of carrying dirty water, making them aware of hardships they may have never considered before.  Money raised through generous pledges gathered by walkers will go to Water Missions International, a non-profit South Carolina-based organization that uses unique engineering technology that is sustainable and simple to bring safe water to communities around the world.

“West Michigan is a great place for this event because people here truly care about people and want to help,” says Bruce Okkema, event chairman. “This walk provides a substantive way to do that.”  Event organizers hope to raise $50,000 for Water Missions International.

Water Missions International is a nonprofit (501 (c) (3)), Christian engineering organization serving the water and sanitation needs of people in developing countries and disaster areas.  Water Missions International uses low-maintenance, appropriate water technologies for drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater management, and storm water control.  More at www.watermissions.org.