Lacking continuous and sufficient access to water is detrimental to women and children around the world, who sometimes walk three miles a day to collect this most basic need. Carrying heavy buckets on their heads leaves them with spine and neck injuries. It is a system that leaves many communities stuck in poverty and suffering from illness.
One Drop, a charity created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, invites the community to participate in its fifth annual Walk for Water event on Saturday, October 15, at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to carry weighted buckets during the walk in order to experience what amounts
to a life-sustaining, daily chore for women and children worldwide.
“For communities to pull themselves out of poverty, they have to have water,” says Pien Koopman, communications manager for One Drop. “Instead of collecting water, women can become much more productive. They can start a business or grow a garden.”
The walk starts at Symphony Park at The Smith Center and ends at Springs Preserve. Participants will enjoy complimentary food, refreshments and live entertainment.
To add to the fun, One Drop has enlisted Las Vegas’ Jay R Beatbox. The beatboxer and community activist, who took part in the Ideas series at Life Is Beautiful on September 24, will serve as the emcee. Local acts such as Prodigy Dance Crew and Bishop Gorman Percussion Program will also perform.
“I hope others will join us as we host this amazing event,” Beatbox says.
One Drop aims to raise $50,000 to help with developing sustainable water access programs and promote the Springs Preserve education and conservation programs.
Interested walkers and teams can register online at OneDrop.org.