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When I picked up Emmy from school today I had a surprise for her. It wasn't a normal surprise, not a toy or a special treat to eat, it was something I hope is even greater than those, something she will remember forever.
As she got into the car she immediately told me about a mom of one of the children at her school that is sick. Her heart was breaking over this situation and unfortunately, there wasn't anything we could do to help her at this time. She really wanted to make her some vegan hot chocolate and help her watch her kids so she could rest and get better. This kid and her heart of gold!
It is strange how the world works because on most days this conversation might have ended there, with her feeling sad about not being able to help this sweet family, but today the gift I was going to give her was joining me on a really important walk. A walk that could really change someone's life.
Now I know this doesn't sound like a gift per se, but Emmy loves this sort of thing, and I knew she would be so excited to participate. I just didn't anticipate how perfect the timing would be and the greater lesson it would teach her.
As we drove home and discussed it more, I was so happy to share that there are going to be so many times in her life that she will want to help someone and there won't be a way to do it. I told her if she keeps her heart open to helping, another way will present itself, and it just might have an even greater impact that she can imagine.
After we got back home, we settled in for some nature time as we call it. We sit on the back deck and look out over the hills and watch animals and just enjoy being outside. This time I brought a glass of water out with me and I started a conversation with her to share all about the Global 6K for Water that I am participating in, and that I hope she and our other family and friends will join me in.
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, people from around the globe will walk or run 6 kilometers to support World Vision’s water initiatives through the World Vision Global 6K for Water. 6 kilometers (approximately 3.7 miles) is the average distance that people in the developing world, often women and young girls like Emmy and I, have to walk for water each day. This walk can be dangerous, and the water is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. I used the hills in front of us to show Emmy some of the terrains the mothers and children have to go through to get water and I had her imagine the types of dangerous things they could run into on their journey for water. For a seven-year-old, the thought of not having easy access to water is hard to wrap their minds around.
After she understood that clean water isn't available to everyone, she was so excited to learn how she could be a part of the solution, much like I am. I will be walking in The Global 6K for Water that is organized by Team World Vision, a group of passionate people who run, walk, and race to help children get clean water.
Team World Vision’s water projects run in harmony with World Vision’s work in other key areas of development: health, education, food, and economic development. This approach tackles the root causes of poverty, enabling children to experience fullness of life. Since Team World Vision was founded in 2006, they have helped more than 30,000 people cross finish lines to raise $30 million for World Vision’s work around the world. Yes, $30 MILLION Dollars. So awesome!
I would love to have you join me in walking and register for this wonderful event. Your registration fee of $50 supports World Vision’s water programs, and after registration, you will receive a World Vision Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a race bib with a photo of a child you can sponsor, along with a race medal in the mail.
There are many ways for you to get involved:
You can become a host site to work together with your church, school, community center or running club. It is free to register as a host site and spread the word about how fun and easy it is to support clean water programs around the world! Whether your goal is 10 people or 100 people participating, World Vision will equip you with all the marketing materials, race day signage, and staff support for a successful race day.
You can join a local host site. Walk or run with other Global 6K for Water participants at a host site near you. This is perfect if you want to participate with a group, but don't have time to organize one.
You can start a virtual team. Want to create a team with friends and family all over the world? This is a great way to have them all join your team from near and afar and you can all walk or run from your own neighborhoods on race day.
You can do your own Individual race where you walk or run the Global 6K for Water from your own front door. You can use your treadmill or around your neighborhood with your kids, either way, you’ll be taking part in a global effort to support clean water! Plus, Thanks to their generous donors, the registration fee for kids (15 and under) is only $25 – a discount of 50%! This is a really great way for the kids to enjoy some family time while also helping other families and children all over the world.
I am so excited to be joining so many people all over the world to support something that we take for granted, clean water and World Vision’s work health, education, food, and economic development.