The second annual Walk 4 Water fund-raising event will be held at John D. Beville Park in Leitchfield on Saturday, Oct 26.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with the goal of raising $4,800 - the cost to build one clean-water well in a third-world country.
Participants in the walk will make a four-mile trek around the walking track at the park. This distance is equivalent to that which the average woman or child walks to get clean water each day in the areas where these wells will be built.
The event’s website explains that this burden not only keeps children from school, but “the dirty water they are bringing home is killing them at an alarming rate.”
“This year alone, more than three million people will die because they lack the most basic necessity of life… clean water,” the site reads.
Hosted by the Clinton Street Church of Christ, the funds raised will go through the non-profit organization Healing Hands International and will create a safe and accessible water source for people who desperately need it.
According to local organizer Mark Claypool, the walk has become “kind of a community event” with numerous local businesses participating.
“Last year, we just appreciated the community support so much, and we welcome that this year,” Claypool said.
The 2012 Walk 4 Water raised well over the group’s goal, bringing in a total of more than $18,000 for clean-water projects.
Anyone interested in more information, or who would like to sign up for the event, may visit http://hhi.donorpages.com/Walk4WaterLeitchfieldKY2013/ or call Claypool at (270) 259-7532.
Participants who sign up online in advance of the event will also receive a free event tee-shirt from Healing Hands International.