Photo Courtesy of the West Side Water Walkers

For the sixth year, the West Side Water Walkers will be walking or running in the World Vision Global 6K event, taking place on Saturday, May 7 at 8 a.m. (two weeks earlier than the national event).

The event raises funds to help bring clean water to families across the globe. The walk takes place at the Mountain Vista Club at Vistancia Village, located at 29701 N. Sunrise Point in Peoria. Individuals, families, and sub-teams are welcome at the event.

All donations and registration fees ($50 per adult, $25 for those age 18 and under) will go to equipping communities across the globe with more wells and water systems, providing additional latrines and handwashing stations to families and schools, and educating children on better hygiene behaviors.

World Vision is an expert in the field of providing sustainable, life-changing water projects as they have been doing this for over thirty years in 100 countries, according to the nonprofit. Locally, this fundraising event is a collaboration between Spirit Song Church in Vistancia and World Vision.

“We have lived in Africa and Asia and have seen first-hand the work of World Vision and how important safe, accessible water is to villagers,” says Jo Fuller, who leads the West Side Water Walkers with husband Flynn. “We often take so much for granted, including turning on a faucet. How far do you have to walk to get a glass of water? It is probably less than our walk, which is 3.7 miles, the average distance some villagers must walk to get water each day.”

The route will be marked off and is on a concrete walkway so wear comfortable walking or running shoes. It is not a race or competition. For those who wish to just donate and not participate in the walk, that is an option as well.

To join the West Side Water Walkers, visit teamworldvision.org and search for “West Side Water Walkers.” For more information, e-mail Jo and Flynn Fuller at joflynnnomad@yahoo.com.