SHERMAN, Tex. - Most of us never have to think about where our water is coming from. We just have to go to the kitchen. But some people aren't so lucky. Students at Austin College are trying to help those people out. Stephanie Brletic has the details.
The 'Walk for Water' race was the brainchild of student Marielle Remillard. She says water is her passion and plans to be a global water analyst in the future, but she didn't want to wait until graduation to start helping people.
"I started thinking about how big of a problem this is in the world right now and started thinking, 'Well, what could I do right now to help solve this problem?'” said Remillard. “So I got together with my friends and was like, 'Hey, let’s throw a race.'"
That's how Walk for Water was born. It's a 6k walk-run to raise money for Watercan, an organization that helps provide clean water to people in Africa.
'6k,' or six kilometers, is nearly 4 miles, and is how far the average African woman has to walk every day to get about 5 gallons of water. In comparison, Remillard says Americans use about 100 gallons per person each day.
In honor of the plight of the African people, one man decided to carry water with him during the race and says even though he was carrying 3 gallons less water than the Africans, it was still very difficult.
Remillard says although people in the United States need help too. Clean drinking water is a necessity and it should be available to everyone all over the world, but she also says this event helps Americans in other ways.
"In a way, we're helping America just by bringing people together like this," said Remillard. “You need community events. You need people to come together. You know, maybe in certain respects we're helping Americans with their fitness, so I think in both ways it helps."
This was the second year for the event. Remillard says she's proud that they raised about $2,500.