The Village Water Walk event is designed to raise awareness of the need for access to safe water and the struggle to survive that our friends in Malawi, Africa face every day, and to raise funds for Villages in Partnership’s efforts to provide life-changing, sustainable development projects that help alleviate those burdens.
Walk to follow, starting @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 28, 2012 — Walk to continue, Closing Ceremony @ 6:00 pm
Allentown, New Jersey
Teams of participants will walk continuously for 24 hours in and throughout the Allentown community. At least one member of each team must be walking for the duration of the event.
Teams of walkers will participate in the event. Each team is committed to raising at least $2,000, with each participant encouraged to recruit sponsors totaling $200 or more.[/box]
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to walk for all 24 hours?
No, although someone from the team must be walking at all times for the duration of the event, each individual team member need only walk for a portion of the time. Your team leader can coordinate how much time you will walk.
Can my kids join me on the walk?
Yes, all are welcome to participate, including kids. All kids, however, must be accompanied by an adult.
What are my responsibilities as a participant?
As a participant, you need to complete a Registration/Sponsor Form, which you can obtain from your team leader or at www.villagesinpartnership.org. You also need to recruit sponsors and collect their donations. The completed Registration/Sponsor Form, and all donations, should be returned to your team leader. Checks should be made out to “Villages in Partnership.” Each participant that raises at least $200 is entitled to receive a VIP t-shirt.
Where will we be walking?
During the day, we will be walking either around the track at Allentown High School or a loop in and throughout the Allentown community. At night, we will be walking around the track. There will be restrooms available, and water (clean, safe water!) will be provided to participants. We encourage you to bring your own Nalgene bottle or similar bottle, to help the environment by avoiding the use plastic cups or bottles.
When does it start?
We will begin the event with a Spaghetti dinner fund-raiser ($10 adults/$5 kids 12 and under) at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 27. All participants are encouraged to attend the dinner. We will introduce the teams and have an “opening ceremony” to launch the walk at approximately 7:00 pm. Again, all participants are encouraged to join their team in starting the walk at that time.
When does it end?
The walk will end 24 hours after it begins, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 28. We will conclude by having participants gather at the track at 6:00 pm, then go fill a bucket with water at APC’s Crossroads Youth Center, and carry the bucket (on your head if you dare!) through town and back to symbolize our friends’ daily struggle to get clean water. We will then have conclude with a “closing ceremony” at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Allentown, beginning around 6:30 p.m.
Where will the funds go?
Donations received during the Village Water Walk event will be sent to Malawi, to support safe water projects and other sustainable development projects funded by Villages in Partnership. For more information about VIP and the work it does, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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