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Local Walk for Water slated for Saturday

This weekend, local residents will dip buckets in the Eramosa River and then embark on a five-kilometre walk to show solidarity and raise money to support people who are struggling to provide clean, safe water for their families.

The event, known as The Walk for Water, will take place Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at the covered bridge.

It is a fundraiser for Canadian aid agency Plan Canada, and funds will go specifically to combat the global water and sanitation crisis, a news release said.

Participants will be asked to fill a container of their choice directly from the river and carry it with them over the five-kilometre walk to Victoria Road and back. The walk simulates the burden that is typically borne by young girls and women in developing nations, the release said.

Currently, there are 2.8 billion people without access to adequate sanitation facilities and 780 million people without access to safe drinking water, it said.

The Walk for Water event will be officially opened by Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge and will feature live music by local singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley following the walk.

For more information, check out Walk for Water Guelph on Facebook or email walk4waterguelph@gmail.com.

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