I announced a week ago about World Water Day. The day,designated by the United Nations, is meant to bring greater awareness to the dire issue of the lack of adequate drinking water in third world countries. Despite these individuals having to walk miles for water, they aren't met with an oasis of fresh spring water. Many times, they have to depend on disease-ridden water due to this being their only option.
World Water Day 2013 was an amazing initiative I was proud to be involved with this year. The use of social media as a vehicle for change was profound. The amazing crew at charity: Water was so nice and approachable, as always! Especially Stephanie Goetz, who was always there to answer questions and alleviate worries!
So, what did I do for the day? The task I pledged for this year was to carry the Jerry Can around for a full 24 hours. This included around the house and even in school. While doing so, I tallied my distance using my Nike+ app. The grand total at midnight Saturday was .7 miles.
The measure may have seemed small, however I was pleasantly surprised at the response I've gotten. From individuals asking "what the hell" I was doing, to others sharing their personal experiences in third world countries of the need of water. It was truly eye opening, and both reactions allowed me to explain more about charity: water's efforts, the water crisis in general, and even individuals looking to make a pledge.
This was a wonderful opportunity I was offered. However, you don't have to be a World Water Day Champion or wait until World Water Day 2014 to help! From pledging birthdays to offering your own campaigns, there are numerous ways to contribute!
Thanks to the charity: water team and the United Nations!,