Sunday, May 13, 2012

{Run for the Thirsty}


A race for a good cause is such an awesome way to kick off a Saturday morning!

Community
Exercise
Energy
Making a difference
New experiences
Fun with friends
Enjoying Mother Nature

That's the stuff that makes life so good!

Saturday, I got to participate in the Second Annual Run for the Thirsty -- an event designed to help eliminate emergency thirst in Phoenix -- a very real problem.

"Last year over 100 people in metro Phoenix died needlessly due to dehydration. The proceeds from this event will purchase clean drinking water for our homeless and home bound in greater Phoenix, and to stockpile for Arizona disaster relief programs," said Water for our World, race organizer.

Water insequurity is a global issue with enormous scope [source]:
  • One-sixth of the world's population doesn't have access to clean drinking water.
  • 2.2 billion people in developing countries die annually from lack of safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
  • In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
  • Despite the size of the problem, we have made little progress against it. There were only 181 million fewer people living without safe drinking water in rural settings in 2004 (899 million) vs. 1990 (1.08 billion).
  • 50 percent of people on Earth lack adequate sanitation. 
Amanda signed up to run it with me. It was her first 5k! She did great! All in all, a worthy cause and a great morning!!

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