TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/13 -- How far would you walk for a drink of water? Every day, people around the world spend 200 million hours collecting water - usually women and girls walking with heavy loads. On Monday, May 6, 2013, Me to We motivational speaker Spencer West will embark on We Walk 4Water, an epic 11 day, 300 km water walk from Edmonton to Calgary alongside special celebrity guests, local Alberta schools, friends, and family, in solidarity with people who walk hours each day collecting water for their families.
Last year, Spencer West, who lost his legs at the age of five, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The effort garnered international media attention and raised more than half a million dollars in support of clean water. From May 6 - May 16, 2013, West is bringing the journey to Canada and calling on students for help, as he travels on his hands and in his wheelchair across the province to raise money for Free The Children's Water Initiative to bring clean water to people all over the world.
West and Free The Children are challenging schools in Alberta and across Canada to raise $25 per student - enough for every student to provide someone with clean water for life. Schools are encouraged to hold their own fundraising walks, special movie nights, book sales, food sales, etc., at any time during and leading up to Spencer's 11 day journey from Edmonton to Calgary, helping to raise money for Free The Children's Water Initiative.
"You don't have to climb a mountain to make a difference - that's why I'm challenging schools and communities in Alberta and across Canada to take part in this journey with me," said Me to We motivational speaker, Spencer West. "Every day, people around the world spend 200 million hours gathering water. Here at home, we just turn on the tap. Only $25 provides one person in Free The Children communities with clean water for life - think of the impact we can make!"
Spencer West will travel through cities such as Red Deer, Innisfail, and Airdrie with a celebration at the finish line in Calgary, to raise funds and awareness for the 780 million people worldwide who do not have access to safe drinking water.
"Spencer is an inspiration to people around the world," said Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free The Children. "This walk will not only inspire us here in Canada, it will help change the lives of people halfway around the world by helping to build, support and maintain infrastructure such as pump systems, boreholes and wells, and hand-washing stations and latrines for schools."
How else can you support Spencer?
We Walk 4Water is part of Free The Children's year-long Water Initiative to provide 100,000 people around the world with a permanent source of clean water. Individuals can also contribute to We Walk 4Water by:
-- Donating $25 to provide one person with clean water for life - www.freethechildren.com/water-- Buying a Water Rafiki Friend Chain to provide one person with one year of clean water - www.metowe.com/waterrafiki-- Follow Spencer and his team as they blog en route. Updates at www.freethechildren.com/wewalk4water