In 2007 the founding board members of the Run for Water Society conceptualized a unique event to be hosted in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The vision was to stage a top tier internationally recognized running event that would attract a wide range of participants and athletes and, at the same time, raise awareness – and funds – for people in the developing world who lack one of life’s basic necessities – clean water. Since 2008, this volunteer board has staged an annual road race and now additionally organizes trail runs and gravel grind events.
All the funds raised – over $4,000,000 to date – go towards helping building clean water projects in some of the most remote and marginalized areas of Ethiopia.
Runners possess an acute understanding of the importance of hydration – how critical clean drinking water is to sustaining fitness, health and life. In the Global South, the stakes are much higher. Estimates are that 1 billion people on our planet do not have access to a reliable source of clean water! The lack of a water source also means children, particularly young girls, cannot go to school. It means women cannot tend to their family or pursue a livelihood. Instead they spend their days attending to their daily water needs, frequently walking for hours to fetch water that is unsanitary. Each May, we encourage people of all ages and abilities to run for “Water” in order to help those in need access safe, clean water sources. Access to clean water is foundational to securing health, education and economic well-being. Join us!
Meseret, Sasiga, Ethiopia. Meseret and her family started drinking clean water for the first time in 2016.
The members of Run For Water Society share the goal of promoting healthy physical activity and community spirit as well as raising funds for clean water development in under-privileged communities in rural Ethiopia.
Run for Water Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity and can issue tax receipts. Business Number: 829946037RR0001.
Peg is the Executive Director of Run for Water. Having grown up in Ethiopia as a child his passion is to make a difference in our world through clean water. He was one of the founders and has been working with Run for Water for 12 years. He gained marketing and storytelling experience as the Senior Producer for video productions for TELUS. He has travelled to Ethiopia assessing our water projects numerous times. Peg is a father of four daughters and has run two sub-four hour marathons.
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