Event raises funds and awareness for the 1.8 billion people worldwide without access to safe water
GF Piping Systems (GF) hosted a special “Walk for Water” charity event in Irvine, California on Oct. 22. More than 200 participants that included GF employees, their families, friends, and sponsors, took part in the event to raise awareness and funds for the drinking water shortage worldwide. Participants symbolically carried buckets of water along a designated 3 ½ mile route – a daily routine for many women and children around the globe who live without the luxury of clean drinking water at home.
Sponsorships and donations for the event, including $10,000.00 from GF Corporation, raised more than $40,000.00 in support of Water Mission, a charity organization and GF customer. Water Mission is building, installing and maintaining sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people and communities suffering under the global water crisis.
The success of this first event far exceeded expectations. The initial goal for the “Walk for Water” event was to collect enough money for one water treatment system at a cost of $7,000.00. Raising of over $40,000.00 translates into providing safe water for life to more than 4,000 people.
Since 2008, Water Mission has brought access to safe water to 3.2 million people worldwide. In many parts of the world, women and children spend 2-3 hours a day walking miles to collect water. Much of the time this water is not safe to drink.