May 22

World Vision Global 6K for Water

Event Description

THIS SPRING, CHANGE A LIFE.   Join thousands of people across the globe in World Vision’s mission to bring life-changing clean water and fullness of life to children in communities around the world.

Saturday, May 22, 2021
Effingham Performance Center, 1325 Outer Belt West, Effingham IL 62401

9AM -Check-in begins at 8:30AM – Pre-Register by May 14 to receive a t-shirt and other perks!  Use code CLEANWATER for $15 off registrations between March 16-April 12.

Walk, run, or push a stroller with us at the World Vision Global 6K for Water.  Why 6K?  It’s the average distance people in the developing world walk for water every day.   How far is 6 kilometers in miles?  6 kilometers is approximately 3.7 miles. It’s equivalent to 15 laps around a track. Imagine a small child making this walk every day with up to 40 pounds of water (the equivalent of a large microwave) on their back.  Every step you take is one they won’t have to.  When you and thousands of others cross the finish line, you’ll be changing the lives of women and children by helping to free them from a life spent collecting dirty water. 


Registration is $50, which provides clean water for one person so they can wash their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When you register, World Vision will send you a 6K t-shirt, race bib with a photo of the child you are walking and running for, and you will receive a metal after completing the 6K. Register before May 14 to get your 6K materials in time for the May 22nd 6K day! No matter where or how you move your feet—in your house, at a park, or through your neighborhood, you’ll change lives by bringing clean water to those who need it most to fight the spread of COVID-19!

Why walk for clean water?
Clean water is critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other deadly diseases. Without clean water, children and families cannot wash their hands and adequately protect themselves from COVID and other deadly waterborne diseases. Access to clean water is also essential for protecting healthcare workers on the frontlines of responding to COVID-19. Living through the pandemic gives us all a renewed perspective on how critical access to clean water is. World Vision is focused on providing clean water and hygiene to every man, woman, and child in every community World Vision works in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. Every 10 seconds, World Vision provides clean water to one new person. By registering for the Global 6K for Water, you are helping build a world where everyone has access to clean water to keep them safe and healthy!

How will my $50 registration fee be used?
$50 provides clean water for one person. Funds raised will be used for programs on hygiene and handwashing behavior change, to drill water wells and build handwashing stations for communities and rural healthcare clinics, train community members to maintain these projects, and more. The more people who register, the more children, families and healthcare workers who get clean water and hygiene. It’s that simple!

I’m not a runner. Can I still participate?
Yes! You can walk or run from wherever you are. This race is for everyone—no running experience is necessary. The distance doesn’t require significant physical fitness, the time commitment is minimal, and the registration fee isn’t too costly. It’s an easy – and meaningful – way to use our time at home to get our feet moving and make a global impact that helps fight the spread of COVID-19!

Where will funds from the Global 6K be used? 
In 2021, funds raised from the Global 6K for Water will go to World Vision’s water programs around the world and used for programs on hygiene and handwashing behavior change, to drill water wells and build handwashing stations for communities and rural healthcare clinics, train community members to maintain these projects, and more. By 2022, World Vision’s goal is to reach a total of 2,675,000 people with clean water as we continue on our mission to reach everyone, everywhere we work with clean water by 2030. Our goal is to reach more than 1,200 schools and 400 health clinics with clean water and hygiene this year.

Who is World Vision? 
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that provides long-term solutions to poverty, emergency humanitarian assistance and advocates on behalf of the poor. We work in nearly 100 countries including the U.S.

What’s unique about World Vision is our long-lasting impact and community-based approach. For example, local people are given ownership and training in the maintenance of water wells ensuring that the water will continue to flow long after the work ends.

We have a proven track-record when it comes to clean water and responding to disease outbreaks. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world, providing a new person with clean water every 10 seconds. In 2020, World Vision reached 3.4 million people with sustainable sources of clean water, 1.8 million people with water during emergency situations and 2.7 million people with improved sanitation. Learn more about World Vision’s water programs here:

Stats on Clean Water:

  • Three billion people are in need of basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, including handwashing facilities, which are so critical in preventing the spread of disease.
  • More than 800 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts women because 7 out of 10 front-line health care workers are women and there is evidence of increased violence to women during epidemics (WHO).
  • Women and children are responsible for water collection in more than 80 percent of households in 61 developing countries; often, the walk is dangerous, children miss school, and the water is unhealthy. 
  • To look back at World Vision’s progress, in the early 1990s, we were reaching an estimated 200,000 people per year and were in just a select number of countries including Ghana, Mali, and Niger. Today, we reach an estimated 4 million people a year, reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaching three more schools every day with clean water. In 2018, World Vision provided access to clean water to 4 million people.  

For more information, email Rachel Brown at [email protected]