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Brandon Anstey
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Glovertown group raises money to provide clean water overseas

There’s nothing like a cold glass of water after a long walk, and a group of walkers in Glovertown aim to provide the same necessity to villagers in India when they tip their glasses next week.

 

FILLING UP – The HAVE branch in Glovertown has been raising money to provide safe drinking water to Indian villagers for 16 years. The branch has raised nearly $175,000 through its Walk for Water event since lacing up its shoes in 1999.

 

Every year, Glovertown’s branch of Help A Village Effort raises thousands of dollars for the construction of wells in order to provide safe drinking and household water to Indian villagers. It’s a philanthropic effort that sees people take to the streets of Glovertown for HAVE’s annual Walk for Water. This year’s event is set to take place June 14.

“We have been it now for a good many years, and we raise money to provide safe drinking water primarily in India,” said Stanley Sparkes, branch chairperson. “So far, over the years, we’ve raised $174,000.”

The aim of the project is quite substantial in what in provides, said Sparkes.

“This significance is, of course, is that this money goes to put fresh and safe drinking water into the families who do not have it. I think it does raise awareness about the issue; some people are suffering from problems we don’t really have here in Canada. We’re pretty lucky in many ways.”

Walk for Water took its first steps in Glovertown 16 years ago, and the fund-raising stroll gets support both nationally and provincially.

“We get sponsors from all over Canada,” said Sparkes. “Most of them are local of course, but we do get them from all over Canada. We’ll have our walk and people will get their sponsors.”

The track for this year’s walk will keep in line with the usual route.

“We will start at Glovertown Academy, where we register, then we’ll walk right around the Ken Diamond Park, a distance of almost four kilometres. Some people may do it two or three times, but usually just once,” said Sparkes. “It’s the route we’ve had for many years, and we found it to be very convenient and very safe. In the past, we used to walk through town and some people used to be concerned about the traffic, so we decided to stay off the roads and go into the park where there are no vehicles at all.”

Getting involved in Walk for Water is a great way to help better society, said Sparkes.

“Living in a very wealthy country ourselves and so well off, it’s nice to know that people can take the time to pause, think, reflect, and then do something for people who are not as well off as ourselves.”

While the final figures aren’t known yet, members of Glovertown’s HAVE branch is expecting the level of support experienced in previous years. There is also an “in memory” project where sole donors provide funds to fully construct a well.

“We don’t know what the turnout will be, but we do know last year we raised almost $16,000, and we anticipate from what we have so far it will be around the same this year.  If some person wishes to put a well there exclusively themselves, it cost around $2,000. If someone wants to donate $2,000 then we can have a well put there in memory of his or her relatives. That happens quite frequently actually.”

Registration for Glovertown’s sixteenth Walk on Water starts at 8 a.m. at Glovertown Academy.

 

banstey@ganderbeacon.ca

Twitter:@beaconnl

 

Organizations: Glovertown Academy

Geographic location: Glovertown, Canada, India Ken Diamond Park

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