, 2014

Walk for Water event slated October 13

by Shannon Rice

Water Missions International (WMI) volunteer Glen Cockrell hopes the second Walk for Water will surpass the first in donations and participants.

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Water Missions International volunteer Glen Cockrell hopes the October 13 Walk for Water will raise even more money than last year. Funds raised during the walk are used to purchase sustainable water purification systems like the one above. Each unit is capable of supplying clean water for 3,000 to 4,500 people.

“While we exceeded our goal last October by raising over $8,000, we hope to exceed that amount this year,” said Cockrell.

Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., WMI designs and provides sustainable safe water solutions for disaster victims worldwide and people in over 50 developing countries.

Funds raised from the Walk for Water will help WMI purchase Living Water Treatment Systems that treat contaminated surface and ground water at 10 gallons per minute, supporting communities of up to 3,000 people. These systems are powered primarily by solar panels and have a life span of about 25 years, said Cockrell.

“These are permanent, sustainable water suppliers that will serve generations of people,” said Cockrell.

Each unit costs about $25,000 to purchase and operate so any and all contributions are greatly appreciated, said Cockrell.

“The benefits of just a small donation are colossal. Every dollar one gives is spread through every clamp, hose, filter and solar panel in the machine and every element is life-saving,” said Cockrell.

A Living Water Treatment System will be on display at Grace Episcopal Church on walk day, October 13. Participants will start their 3.5 mile trek at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock. Before returning to the church, participants will stop at the Chesapeake Boat Basin to fill buckets with water from the creek to simulate what people without sustainable water have to go through every day.

Walkers, runners and joggers may choose to complete the entire course or just a portion between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per person.

Those who are not able to physically participate may offer a minimum contribution of $10.

“I was so pleased by the vast majority last year who insisted on contributing $25 and even more, walking or not,” said Cockrell. “If you think about it this way, $100 is not even $2 a week, and only 30 cents a day. For that small sum you can save anywhere from 3,000 to 4,500 lives. That’s the definition of an effortless and painless solution to a very serious problem.”

Checks should be made payable to Water Missions International and mailed to Glen Cockrell at P.O. Box 125, Irvington, VA 22480. Payments in cash or by check may also be presented as part of registration. Questions should be directed to Cockrell at 438-6677.

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