Photo of May 3 CARRY 5 event at by David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star
Photo of May 3 CARRY 5 event at by David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Daily Star has a great article in today’s paper about yesterday’s CARRY 5 event at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

About 50 people participated in Tucson’s CARRY 5 event, raising $3,500. A local bluegrass band played to entertain the walkers, who each carried water – from 1 to 5 gallons – for 5 kilometers, the average distance walked by women in Africa who lack access to safe water.

Signs like this one posted along the 5k route reminded walkers why this event is important.
Signs like this one posted along the 5k route reminded walkers why this event is important.

Michael Barnes, a senior U of A hydrology, traveled to Honduras with Water 1st in March to see first-hand the projects we are supporting there. Inspired by what he saw, he decided to start a CARRY 5 Walk for Water in Tucson with the help of his fellow hydrology students, like Kristin Brandt and Lisa Wade, and family and friends.

Lisa Wade, a 22-year-old UA senior, said it’s all too easy, even for desert dwellers, to take water for granted when it comes out at a turn of the tap.  “Here, people just have to walk to their kitchen, but some young girls in some countries can’t go to school because they have to walk five kilometers to get dirty water.”

Full story here.

Great photo slide show here.  (Select “Water Walk at UA” from the various slide shows on the page.)

With donations from friends and relatives they have collectively raised over $3,500 – and donations are still coming in. This is enough to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education for 49 people for a lifetime.

At Water 1st, we believe the global water crisis will be solved when we build a community of concerned individuals and motivate and mobilize them to take simple, effective actions.  Thank you to Michael, Kristin, Lisa and everyone who donated and participated in this event to bring awareness to this issue and to support people in need of safe water supplies.

Thanks also to the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Weekly for reporting on this important global issue in their papers.

Where will the next water system be? It’s up to you. Support a CARRY 5 walker or email Water 1st at info@water1st.org about starting a new CARRY 5 walk in your town today.