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Participants in Albright walk carry water for a cause
From left, Nicholas Yankowsky, Wyomissing, an Albright sophomore; Diana Weidner and her husband, Steve, Topton, carry water Saturday at Albright College to raise money and awareness about needs in Uganda.
No, that wasn’t milk in those white gallon jugs that Albright College students carried around – and around and around – Kelchner Field all Saturday afternoon.
It was water.
And it had a dual purpose: to raise money for a water project in the Ugandan village of Dibadi, and to raise awareness locally of a water crisis worldwide, event organizer Andrew Friedlund said.
He said the second annual “Walk for Water” raised $2,150, about the same as last year.
Friedlund, 21, a junior from Boyertown, said every penny will go to an Arizona-based nonprofit called Food for the Hungry (www.fh.org).
Food for the Hungry provides clean water and food in a number of places around the world, and it plans a well at Dibadi, a village of about 2,000 whose residents, Friedland said, have to walk a mile to get water that’s tainted.
Friedland has the street cred to push the project.
Besides organizing last year’s event for the Ugandan village of Marale, he and his older brother Matt, 23, last summer took a 4,200-mile cross-couuntry bike trek called “Ride for Marale” to raise another $13,000 for the village.
And last week he was named a Newman Civic Fellow, one of 135 college students around the country recognized for their work in finding solutions for the challenges communities face.
Student donations Saturday were supplemented by a sponsor who paid 50 cents per mile per gallon of water carried.
A mile is three circuits around the outside of Kelchner Field. Participants could read signs posted on the trees noting such things as an American uses more fresh water in a five-minute shower than many people in undeveloped countries get in a year.
Most of the students took two gallons, a jug in each hand. Many walked a circuit, than waited a while before the next one because those 8.35-pound jugs begin to stretch the arms well before the lap is over.
But some – such as Travis Dresch, 21, a junior from Fredericksburg, Lebanon County – took two jugs in each hand.
“I figure I’m walking that distance anyway; I might as well do what I can,” Dresch said. “If I’m doing something, I try to do it to the fullest.”
Still, you feel it, because there’s no good way to carry two jugs in each hand, said fellow student Tyler Parmer, 21, a junior from Sinking Spring who also carried four jugs.
“I’m cramping up,” he said of his fingers. “It tells you how in shape you are.”
But by day’s end, dozens of students had carried the equivalent of 270 gallons of water for a mile.
Contact Don Spatz: 610-371-5027 or firstname.lastname@example.org. View this article on readingeagle.com: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=306481
To learn more about hosting fund-raising events, please visit: www.fh.org/advocate or call toll free 877.780.4261 and ask for Brittani Curtis in Global Engagement.
To learn more about clean water, visit: http://www.fh.org/poverty180