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World Vision hosting 6K walk for clean water at Willow Creek church in Crystal Lake

People from across the globe will unite through the world’s largest 6K for clean water, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, on Saturday.
People from across the globe will unite through the world’s largest 6K for clean water, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, on Saturday.

People from around the globe will unite through the world’s largest 6K run/walk, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, for a cause Saturday.

“Nearly 1,000 children die every day because of a lack of clean water and sanitation. The Global 6K for Water is a one-day worldwide event where thousands will unite to literally save lives through the gift of clean water,” race director Ashley Colquitt said. “Last year, over 28,000 people in countries around the world ran and walked to bring clean water to those in need. This year, we’re hoping even more people join us in our goal to bring life-changing clean water to 50,000 children who desperately need it.”

The distance is significant. Six kilometers (about 3.7 miles, or 15 laps around a track) is the average distance people – usually women and girls – walk to get water for their families and homes in the developing world. The walk often is dangerous. Children miss school to fulfill this household need, and the water is dirty.

The event will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Willow Creek Community Church in conjunction with other area churches and people from the community. The church is at 100 S. Main St., Crystal Lake.

Upon registering, World Vision will send a Global 6K for Water T-shirt and a race bib with a photo of a child for inspiration for the run/walk.

Every $50 registration fee will provide life-changing clean water to one person. Thanks to sponsors, anyone age 18 and younger can sign up for $25.

“It doesn’t take much to change a life. The $50 registration fee provides clean water for one person, so when more people sign up, more children will be freed of the deadly diseases and the treacherous walks that come with a lack of clean water. For these children, it’s a chance to get an education and to grow up healthy,” Colquitt said. “It’s the perfect way to get moving with your family and friends on a Saturday morning while also changing the world.”

Walk, run or even push a stroller – however attendees choose to cross the finish line, they’ll help transform the lives of women and children across the globe.

In 1990, 76 percent of the world had access to improved drinking water. Today, that number is nearly 89 percent.

Register for the race at www.teamworldvision.org/team/crystallake.

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