The community is invited to Walk for Water April 2 at 3 p.m. in Stevenson Park in Friendswood.
Walk for Water is a 5K event that not only is a fitness activity but also a charity one that will bring clean water to many in Africa where that can be difficult for residents there.
The idea is seven years old and came from Brittany Harris who was 10 years old when this began. Harris had attended a Children of the World concert and had been told there were 1 billion people on Earth who do not have access to clean water.
At the same time she was learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he had a dream. A worksheet about what students’ dreams were made an impression on Harris that would change the lives of people here and in Africa. Harris drew a photo of a water tap and a girl beside it. Her paper read “I have a dream that kids in Africa will have clean water.”
She wanted to raise $5,000 for a water well the first year and decided to do it by making desserts for Thanksgiving. The community could order in advance and she would deliver.
This year Harris made $25,265 from Thanksgiving by making 521 pies and more than 2,500 cake balls working with more than 50 volunteers. The walk to earn funds came later and it has participants doing what African water carriers do, placing the buckets on heads of willing walkers.
“We want to spread the word and get as many people at the walk to save many lives through access of clean drinking water. The Walk for Water is an amazing experience to walk with a bucket of water on your head to raise both money and awareness around the community through experiencing what the ladies in Africa go through daily,” Harris said. “We are in need of volunteers and sponsors. We thank all for their support and want them to spread the word.”
Each walker is encouraged to raise $100 which would provide water for 20 people.
“We encourage our walkers to find sponsors to commit to the walker’s final goal. For as little as $5 one person can have abundant, clean water for up to 20 years,” Harris said.
In 2016, Harris was able to visit Malawi and saw four of the water wells she has donated over the last seven years.
“A well dedication is a celebration like no other! The people know that water means life to their community, so they are filled with a joy that explodes with laughter, singing and dancing. They praise God for this amazing gift,” Harris said.
To sign up for the walk or to get more information, go to www.brittanysdream.net.
Harris is the daughter of Chad and Mandy Harris of Friendswood.
Story by Karolyn Gephart