Why Walk For Water?
Access to water and basic sanitation is a basic human
right yet 1.1 billion people do not have access to these resources-
approximately one in six people on earth.
Millions of women and children in developing countries
spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted
sources. They walk on average 6km to collect water, and carry loads of up
to 20kg. The stress on their bodies shortens their lives. In collecting water,
millions of children and women cannot attend school or work and thus they are
trapped in the cycle of poverty. Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related
disease. For children under age five, water-related diseases are the leading
cause of death. 88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water,
inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
Improving water access is vital for breaking the cycle of
poverty. Together we can make a difference!
WaterAid is an
international charity. Their mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the
world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene
Why Timor Leste?
The newfound state of Timor-Leste, or East Timor, with a population of
only one million inhabitants has suffered huge human and social costs as a
result of its 25 year independence struggle with Indonesia, which has destroyed much
of the country's infrastructure including irrigation and water supply systems.
The climate of Timor-Leste is
characterised by extreme conditions with little or no rain falling in the north
of the island for almost eight months of the year. When the rains finally come
they can bring with them large-scale flooding which washes pollution into the
waterways. Because of this water quality is often poor with urban water
pollution a serious issue in some cities.
A climate favourable to mosquitoes and poor sanitation in the cities means
that malaria is one of the major causes of death and has a large impact on
economic and educational development.
The WaterAid programme in East Timor
aims to deliver sustainable, community managed water and sanitation services to
rural communities in Aileu District as well as health and hygiene
education in Aileu, Baucau, Manatuto and Lautem Districts.
Who is the Walk4Water Organising Committee?
The organising committee
are a group of second year students from the University of Wollongong’s
Black Opal Leadership Program. This group of like-minded tertiary students have
joined to develop leadership skills, global knowledge and implement projects at
a community level.
We encourage every
participant to be sponsored to participate in the walk.
THERE IS A PRIZE FOR THE
PERSON WHO HAS COLLECTED THE MOST FUNDS PER WALK WITH A SPECIAL PRIZE
AWARDED ON THE DAY.
THERE IS ALSO A PRIZE FOR
THE SCHOOL WHO HAS COLLECTED THE MOST FUNDS.
There is a minimum amount
of funds to be raised for participation.
Minimum Funds Raised for Participation
Registration (before 21/09/08)
Adult (12yrs + ) - $10
Child (5-12yrs ) - $5
Child under 5yrs -
Family - $25
until half hour before the walk)
Adult (12yrs + ) - $15
Child (5-12yrs ) - $10
Child under 5yrs -
Family - $40