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New charity run/walk raises money for water projects in Africa

Global 6k For Water takes place May 25 at Riverside Park

A new charity walk/run event happening May 25 will raise money for third world water projects in Africa.

The Global 6k for Water charity walk/run hosted by World Vision takes place at Riverside park on Saturday, may 25, at 10 a.m.

The event is expected to draw groups

The event "is a community event bringing many different community groups together (churches, fitness gyms, etc.) for a common cause: providing clean drinking water for the most vulnerable people in the world," said organizers in a news release.

The Global 6k for Water is a nationwide initiative to raise money for clean water in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Many cities across Canada have already hosted a Global 6k event.

Every $50 fundraised at the 2019 Global 6K For Water provides lasting clean water for one person and 100% of funds raised during the event support World Vision’s water projects.

"These projects will impact the lives of 13,834 people through three communities in the region of Menkao, where only 55 per cent of the population has access to potable water and only 15 per cent having access within 30 minutes of their home.

"During the dry season, women and young girls have to walk for three hours to get water, increasing the risk of being raped. Only 8.4 per cent of households have access to latrines and only 1.1 per cent have positive waste management practices."