Rotary Club of Quesnel’s first Walk for Water raises nearly $3,000

Participants had a lot of fun and raised nearly $3,000 during the first Walk for Water Feb. 21. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
For one of their laps, Walk for Water participants had to carry a bucket of water, and they received bonus stamps if they made it all the way around without spilling a drop. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
During the Walk for Water on Feb. 21, participants had to walk sideways for one lap, resulting in many laughs. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
As one of the challenges, participants had to walk sideways for one lap, a fun and funny addition to the Walk for Water. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Rotary Club of Quesnel’s first Walk for Water, held Feb. 21 at the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association indoor soccer facility, attracted 68 participants and raised nearly $3,000. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Rotary Club of Quesnel’s first Walk for Water, held Feb. 21 at the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association indoor soccer facility, attracted 68 participants and raised nearly $3,000. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Walkers collected stamps each time they completed a lap during the Walk for Water Feb. 21 at the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association indoor soccer facility. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
There were lots of smiles at the Rotary Club of Quesnel’s first Walk for Water Feb. 21 at the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association facility. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Sixty-eight walkers collectively raised nearly $3,000 during the Rotary Club of Quesnel’s first Walk for Water.

The top fundraising team at this new event, held Friday, Feb. 21 at the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association walking track, was Quesnel Special Olympics, which raised $1,465 and brought 21 participants.

Water and sanitation is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary, to ensure people have sustainable access to clean water and sanitation, and with this in mind, the Rotary Club of Quesnel organized the Walk for Water to raise money and awareness for two organizations who share that focus.

The money raised at the Walk for Water will be split between the Baker Creek Enhancement Society, which promotes awareness, stewardship and restoration of our local environment, in particular our lakes, rivers and streams, and the Roll-A-Hippo Foundation facilitates easier access to potable water by way of the Hippo Water Roller. The Hippo Water Roller allows women and children to haul water to their households by way of a large “wheel” that they can roll, instead of carrying heavy buckets on their heads. According to the Roll-A-Hippo Foundation, one hippo roller carries enough water to meet the basic needs of seven people per day.

The Rotary Club of Quesnel thanks McDonald’s Quesnel for sponsoring the cost of the venue and all of the participants.

READ MORE: Rotary Club of Quesnel’s first Walk for Water coming up Feb. 21



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