By the Difference Makers Club, Ms. Kate Mackay and Ms. Caroline Brown
On May 22, the Difference Makers Club hosted a Water Walk, in honour of WPGA Earth Month and to raise awareness for world water usage. Grades 1-3 club members walked from the Annex bridge, up the stairs, across the road, in between the tennis court and the primary playground and up the campus, leading to the primary garden to water it with the water. Grades 4 -7 members walked the campus trail, turning left and walking up past the Upper Gym, up the campus, around the Senior School and finishing at the primary garden to water it.
Below are some facts about water, from Difference Makers members:
Rose: Thank you to everyone who came out to our water walk. Before walking, we shared some interesting but devastating facts about water. In Africa alone, women spend over 40 billion hours a year walking for water.
Amber: Every day, women and girls spend 200 million hours walking to collect water for their families. That’s 8.3 million days!
Gabby: Did you know that diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war?
Sohana: A lack of safe drinking water is one of the world's leading problems, affecting more than 1.1 billion people globally. This means that one in six people lacks access to safe drinking water.
Rose: When a community gets clean water, women and girls get their lives back—they can start businesses, improve their homes and take charge of their own futures.
Amber: We wanted to host this Water Walk during WPGA’s Earth Month to help raise awareness and get people talking about water as a resource and the massive impact it has on so many people around the world.