I’ve lived in the Fraser Valley for a few years so I’ve heard of Run for Water Abbotsford before. I even know a few people who have participated.
Run for Water Abbotsford 2016
Based on observation and deduction I had an inkling of what Run for Water was about but when I was assigned to write about this year’s event highlighting the 10 km trail race I was eager to learn more.
Whenever I research an article I read everything I can find on the topic.
- What other people have wrote
- What sort of news it has already created
- Who would make an interesting interview
And I brainstorm new angles, thinking of questions someone who didn’t know anything about the event would ask.
My New Angle
After I felt acclimatized to Run for Water in general I contacted Peg Peters, the not-for-profit’s executive director. We spoke on the phone and his voice radiated passion, enthusiasm, and love for the project. This annual race funds well drilling in Ethiopia and this year the village of Sasiga will benefit with 10 wells.
When not organizing race details, Peters visits schools in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. He teaches students about global citizenship, what it means to give back, and how to respond to the water crisis in Africa.
I love the connection between running and being thirsty. For most of us, running water isn’t something we worry about but when we run, we feel real thirst. We would give anything for a drink. In a small way, running a 10 km or a half marathon helps us begin to understand the difference digging a well in a drought-ridden land will make.
When registering, runners agree to raise different amounts based on which run they’re participating in. Every dollar raised goes towards the water projects as local sponsors and the Run for Water board cover all event costs.
This year’s race happens on May 28 and 29 with 4,500 participants expected. There is still time to register to run or volunteer and of course, you can always donate towards the well project.
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