How did you spend your days as a kid? Most of us spent our childhood playing with friends in the neighborhood, playing sports, going to school and watching cartoons. We ate whatever sounded good at the moment and drank as much water as we needed. We left plates half full of food and full cups of water that we’d only sipped on. Our parents tried to get us eat all our food and drinks, telling us “You know there are starving kids in Africa!”. But did we every really stop to think they might be right?
As adults, do you now ever stop to give this a second thought? I know I never really thought about it much, not until my husband did something so inspiring that I couldn’t help but think about how blessed I am. How blessed are Americans to get to live in this country, where our water flows freely from our sinks faucets and shower heads. All we do it turn a simple knob and out it comes, as much of it as we want. And have you ever stopped to consider that it’s clean? It’s free of dirt and has been purified to be free of any harmful bacteria that could make us incredibly sick. Other parts of the world are not so lucky…
Here’s what I can’t get out of my head: Did you know there are places in Africa that families have to travel hours by foot, each way, just to get water to live off of? And this is not water like we know it. Their water is brown, dirty and full of potentially deadly bacteria. Many kids don’t even see their adulthood because their water kills them before their time. Many kids don’t get to enjoy a typical childhood of school, sports and play because they are the ones that walk hours every day to bring home water for their family. That is their job and what their entire day consists of. There has to be a better way…
This is why my husband runs. This is why I do all I can to support him. Each October, he commits to running the City to Sea Half Marathon from San Luis Obispo to Shell Beach, California. He teams up with World Vision, an organization that is working to bring life-sustaining clean water to the world. He is not a runner, in fact he doesn’t even like to run that much. He does it because he cares! In preparation for the race, he trains for 6 months and he fundraises to raise $50 at a time to save one child’s life. $50 is all it takes to give a child clean water for their entire life! To date, he has already raised over $9,500 for this year alone – that’s 190 kids that will now have clean water! Will you add another child?!
If you too are thankful for the water that flows from your faucets, please consider a donation to this inspiring cause. 100% of the money goes to World Vision to continuing bringing clean water to those that need it most. Thank you for caring too!
Come out and cheer on the local Team World Vision runners this Sunday, October 9 at the finish line at the Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach!
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