Have you ever walked three miles while carrying a bucket of dirty water?
If not, you’re fortunate, according to clean water organization Water Mission, and on Saturday you’ll have a chance to learn what it’s like during an approximately three-mile walk.
This will be the third-annual Walk for Water in central Pennsylvania, but the first time it will be held in Dillsburg. This time, it’s focused on the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian wrought disaster there, leaving more than 1,000 people missing and causing approximately $7 billion in property damage.
The devastation in the Bahamas has caused local water collection systems to become contaminated with salt water and with contagious diseases, said Mike Aiello, a strategic partner for Pennsylvania Walk for Water and owner of PSI Pumping Solutions Inc.
“Here, you just turn on a spigot and you’ve got clean water, but other people don’t have that around the world,” Aiello said.
Water Mission is a South Carolina-based Christian nonprofit organization founded by engineers that focuses on providing clean water systems to people in need. It says it has provided clean water to more than three million people in 52 countries.
Registration for Saturday’s walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Northern High School’s football stadium at 653 S. Baltimore St.
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The walk will begin at 10 a.m., and participants will carry empty buckets to a water source, where they will fill the buckets and walk back, completing a 2.9-mile course, Aiello said. The goal is to raise awareness of what people in other parts of the world have to do for clean water, he said.
“What we take for granted is not so freely given everywhere else in the world,” he said.
The walk will be followed by a demonstration of Water Mission’s Living Water Treatment System, as walkers put their dirty water into the system and watch as clean water comes out.
People can sign up for the walk or make a donation at www.pawalkforwater.net, or can register on-site at the football stadium Saturday. As of Friday afternoon, there were 123 participants signed up and $24,753 had been raised.
All donations up to $1 million will be matched, according to the news release.
There will also be a Night of Comedy at 7 p.m. Friday night featuring comedian Mike Williams at Gettysburg Foursquare Church at 330 W. Middle St. in Gettysburg. An offering will be taken for the Water Mission Bahama Relief Fund.