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#coastalong for WaterAid – we did it!
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Yesterday we took to the South Downs for a 5 mile walk among the most beautiful countryside and to raise funds and awareness for Water Aid. ‘We’ being a large group of ambassadors including Rosie Scribble, Mummytips, Mummy in Manolos and Bumpwear Claire – all with children aged from 18 months to 11 years.

It was a pretty arduous and long walk which began with quite a steep hike and then through countless fields, bracken, over turnstiles, dodging cowpats – you name it, us city girls did it. We were quite struck by the fact that groups of women and children all over the world probably did this walk not once, but twice a day, to get access to water. So while some of the kids were complaining, it make the comparison all the more stark – we were kitted out with all the accountrements needed for walking, but this same journey would be done barefoot without prams or trailers or guides to keep you on track,

While the walk was beautiful, with children under 7 it was no picnic. We did have quite a bit of fun and a few mishaps but it all turned out well in the end. If you’d like to donate funds to WaterAid, you can do here at the Bunny (our team mascot) Justgiving page.

I’ve named the highest peak of our walk Grisly Point -as we had a bit of an accident and two girls tumbled out of their walking wagon. It was one of those funny but awful moments and fortunately they weren’t hurt, just a bit shaken. The offending trailer is in the photo below; Liz did win the prize for best turned out family (she didn’t need to take it that literally though!).

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I’m sure the walk was longer than five miles but that might have been something to do with my slightly groggy head from a rather late night the evening before. But here I am – just about to complete the journey – and yes, I did the whole walk in heels…

We had a great stay at Premier Inn who kindly supported the ambassadors – I didn’t manage to get the name of the receptionist but she was fab.

Introduction to WaterAid Why walk for WaterAid?

I walked for WaterAid because I watched Millions, the Danny Boyle kids film, a few years ago. It was inspirational and as a result, one of my daughter’s birthday presents that year was a well for a village in Africa. So while we can’t always afford to make large gestures, I do think we can all make a difference and a five mile walk is something many people can easily do and feel a sense of achievement at the end of it too.

More about WaterAid
Water is essential for life, yet one in eight of the world’s population do not have access to it and
almost 40% of the world’s population do not have adequate sanitation.
WaterAid is a leading independent organisation which, with its partners, uses practical,
sustainable solutions to enable the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, improved
hygiene and sanitation. We work in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region and campaign globally with our partners to realise
our vision of a world where everyone has access to these basic human rights. We believe that the provision of safe water and sanitation is an essential first step in the climb
out of poverty.

Women and children walk on average 6km to often unprotected water sources, such as rivers or muddy dugouts. In urban areas people have no choice but to collect water from polluted waterways or pay sky high prices to buy it from vendors. The average weight of water carried is 20 kg. Carrying the heavy water containers back home is an exhausting task, taking up valuable time and energy.

This lack of access to clean water and safe sanitation impacts severely upon health, education,
and income:

1 4000 children die needlessly every single day – more than Malaria, AIDS and Measles combined.
2 Over half the hospital beds in Africa are filled with people suffering from preventable diarrhoeal diseases.
3 Women have less time for productive activities because of time spent collecting water or caring for sick family members.
4 Illness and lack of sanitation facilities in the classroom mean children are unable to go to school and miss out on an education.

Inadequate sanitation and water keeps people living in poverty. You can change this by joining Coast Along for WaterAid and help transform lives:

1 £50 could pay for a handpump in Nepal, providing a community with life – changing clean water
2 £100 could supply a village in Madagascar with the tools needed to maintain its water point long-term
3 £150 could provide people in Ethiopia with a safe and hygienic composting latrine

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7 Comments to “#coastalong for WaterAid – we did it!”

  1. Melaina25 says:

    Y’all’s walk was so different from ours up in the fields and with all the sheep! I’m glad you had a great day I know we did and I’m so proud to have been a Coast Along Ambassador.
    Melaina25 recently posted..Coast Along 2011

    • admin says:

      Well it does look like a bit of a hodge podge but I didn’t have time to glam up the content! So the content is very much a mixed media mash up. I’m glad we stayed on the night before though so got to hang out with everyone – will drop by and see you post too x

  2. Lovely to see you there. I think you should have included a photo of you falling over. After the event I hasten to add. Did Sian whip her camera out?
    Rosie Scribble recently posted..Why we’re walking for water

    • admin says:

      It was all over far too soon, my graceless fall! So maybe my aches are not from walking after all! ps I couldn’t get my comment through on your blog for some reason…x

  3. Liz Owen says:

    Brilliant post encapsulating exactly how it was. The tipping of said Radio Flyer Wagon was a funny moment, nobody was hurt – just wish it had been caught on camera…..does that make me a bad mother!!!!? SO lovely to see you there and finally meet Rosie – funny days xx
    Liz Owen recently manky bunny

  4. Sian says:

    Thank you for walking for our team, it wouldn’t have been the same without you and your fabulous daughter.

    Alas your heely slippage was too fast even for me.
    Sian recently posted..Back to School HP Photosmart Printer Giveaway

    • admin says:

      Yes I have a few bruises from that…and a broken ring sob sob…that walk already seems like ages ago doesn’t it? Great to get the kids together – even if they did steal my duvet! x

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