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.
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.
Eyerusalem is a graduate from the Global Development Studies at UFV. She is passionate about social justice and community work. Born and raised in Addis, Ethiopia and having lived in different parts of the world, she experienced development from multiple angles. She believes local empowerment is at the core of an effective and sustainable development process. She joined our Run for Water family in 2017.
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