Posted by: justinknabb | April 26, 2012

WfW’s 8th Walk for Water is in the books!

VU-WfW Student Group leaders proudly display our 2012 t-shirt

By Justin Knabb, Director of Donor Relations

Since Water for Waslala held its 1st Walk for Water in 2004 in stormy weather, we’ve enjoyed a 6-year streak of beautiful, (mostly) sunny weather each Sunday we’ve held our Walk.

That lucky streak came to end this past Sunday as Mother Nature brought rain showers throughout the day.  However, despite the rain, I am so proud to report: Our 2012 Walk was another great success.  To jump to more photos from the event, click here.

Hundreds of participants braved the rain to come offer and show their support.  And, as of this writing, we have raised $19,870 from this year’s Walk to help the people of Waslala.  Thank you to all of our great donors, sponsors and volunteers for all of your contributions.

If you were unable to attend on Sunday, we encourage you to still donate to help us continue our urgent and important work in Waslala.  It is not too late to give!  Because of the drop in participation due to inclement weather, we still have a considerable way to go to meet our goal of $30,000 raised.  We could use the support of many to get closer to our goal, which is necessary to help meet the financial needs of our projects scheduled for this year.

Some joked that this year will be remembered as the “Walk IN Water,” or perhaps the “Walk ON Water.”  However we ultimately choose to refer to our (rainy) event, I believe that the spirit of the event was very much alive as in years before. We all filled the Italian Kitchen to near full-capacity and had only standing room left once participants arrived at 12 noon.  As always, it was an event that brought social-minded friends together… and brought us all together in solidarity with our friends in Waslala as well.

In lieu of walking, the board elected to keep the event inside the Italian Kitchen.  After registration wrapped up around 12:30 PM, our Villanova-WfW student group co-leader, Megan Cagney, took the mic to lead our ceremonies.  Father Peter Donohue, OSA, President of Villanova University, led the invocation, and WfW vice president Nora Reynolds followed with this year’s keynote address.

We presented one of our newest videos, “Water for Waslala in Six Minutes.”  I’m biased, of course, but the video is very well done… definitely take the six minutes to watch it if you haven’t already.

For the first time ever at a Walk, we featured special presentations from students involved in our work.  Lauren Honeycutt, a senior in the College of Nursing, gave a talk about her experience leading a group of nursing students to Waslala last month.  Cara Mazzarini, a senior in the College of Engineering, gave a short lesson on WfW’s gravity fed systems and ceramic filter pilot project.  Both Lauren and Cara gave fantastic presentations — thanks so much to both for sharing your experiences and wisdom with us on Sunday.

Tom Eckerle of Holy Ghost Preparatory School addresses the crowd

To conclude the event, several long-time WfW supporters came forward to share testimonials about WfW, including not just our work in Nicaragua but also our education work in the local Philadelphia community.  It’s always refreshing to hear others express what the WfW mission means to them.

Rain or shine, the outpouring of support from donors is what makes the Walk worthwhile and successful each and every year.

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