SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018
WALK FOR WATER
WE WALK SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO.
The Walk for Water is a 28k trek across Singapore, from Singapore American School to Sentosa, in efforts to raise money for Tabitha Foundation, a charity which works to provide wells to villages in rural Cambodia. The event was founded in 2013 by SAS students Sabrina Sain, Bryanna Entwistle and Sophie Wirt, who were in 6th grade at the time. The first year, it was just the three girls walking. They managed to raise around $3000. Over the years, the walk has continued to grow. It has expanded to over 200 students, has raised over $100,000, and built 300+ wells across empoverished providences Cambodia.
Water is a basic human necessity, however, 1 in every 9 people lacks access to clean water. Over 50% of the population lack acess to a water source in Cambodia alone. As a result, families often turn to open ponds or rivers, which are usually filled with bacteria and chemicals in order to survive. Villagers tend to walk great distances just to find these dirty water sources, as they are desperate. In Cambodia.
The Walk for Water works directly with Tabitha Foundation, in order to provide wells for communities in the poorest parts of Cambodia. We mimic the distances walked by Cambodians and millions around the world in order to truly help our participants understand what the people we strive to help have to suffer through everyday.
Tabitha Foundation is a sustainable non-profit organization that was founded and established by Ms Janne Ritskies in 1994. They have reached over half a million people, and worked directly with over 300,000 families within 37 Cambodian provinces.
Though Tabitha's main activity is their Savings Program (Family Partnerships), their Water program runs in parallel to the idea of "Community Development through Savings." Families must be enrolled in a savings programs before they receive a source of water. Tabitha provides a variety of water sources, ranging from tube wells to ponds, each costing around $180-200 USD.
For more info on Tabitha and their work visit: https://tabitha-cambodia.org/
Event Information 2018
Where? : We will walk from Singapore American School to Sentosa along the Green Corridor, using some Park Connectors. It is a long leafy trail that runs down the spine of Singapore.
When?: The walk will take place on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Walkers should be at Singapore American School (in front of the middle school) at 7:15 AM to register. We start early to avoid the heat! The walk will finish at Vivo City at 4pm.
Donation Requirement: Each student participant is required to raise a MINIMUM of $50 Singapore dollars and each adult participant is required to raise $100, however, everyone is encouraged to raise as much of possible! Money can be raised through pledges or donations, either in cash or cheque (cheques made out to Tabitha Foundation (Singapore), through family members, friends, teachers, etc. This money should be brought and given in at registration the day of the event.
Prizes: Walkers who raise the most money will be given amazing prizes! The first place prize is a brand new iPhone 7, and the second place prize is a brand new GOPRO Hero 5!
What to bring: Walkers should bring a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle (water bottles/refills will be provided as well). Closed toed shoes are a must! Headphones, speakers, cameras, are all welcome! Just remember, you have to carry everything you bring with you for 28k!
What if it rains?
Do you have to be from SAS to participate?
Rain or shine, the event goes on! We do suggest bringing an extra pair of socks in case of rain. Walkers may bring a poncho or umbrella if they'd like.
Of course not! Everyone is welcome! Feel free to invite your friends, siblings, parents, and teachers!
How old do you have to be to participate in the walk?
There is no age requirement to participate in the walk! Anyone who feels they could take on the 28k is welcome! We've had a 7 year old walk the whole way!
Are food and drink provided?
There will be rest stations set up every 4-5km for the walkers where free snacks and drinks will be provided. However, walkers should bring their own lunches.
Will there be medical care available in case of an emergency?
We will have a trained nurse walking with us the entire way, as well as parent volunteers equipped with first aid kits.
What do I wear to the walk?
Walkers should wear athletic clothes and closed toe shoes. We suggest bringing at hat! Walk for Water T shirts will also provided at registration.