World Water Day Walk-a-thon 3/22

March 3, 2009 at 9:16 am Leave a comment



In order to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, 2009, the Portland Roasting Coffee Company has teamed up with the students of the senior capstone: Ending Global Poverty at Portland State University and Water for All, a non-profit organization, in order to raise money for water pumps in Ethiopia. 

On March 22nd a 5K walk-a-thon will be held at the World Trade Center Plaza (located at 25 SW Salmon Street) in downtown Portland, Oregon starting at 1:00pm


Walker registration fees, combined with local sponsor donations, will go toward the goal of raising $14,000 needed to build a water pump in Yirgacheffe, where water is a vital element in the production of coffee, Ethiopia’s chief export commodity.


History: What Is World Water Day?

The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day.  International World Water Day is held annually on that date as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 


There are many ways to get involved in this event that include:

·        Register as a walker for a $20.00 fee

·        Sponsor a walker for a $20.00 fee

·        Buy a ticket for the evening concert series for $65.00

·        Volunteer for the event

If you would like to register for the event please go to and click on the registration link on the top of the page.

For Questions please contact Aleks    Email: 



Some interesting facts on the back:


The World Water Crisis:  


·        Worldwide 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and each year, more than 2.2 million people in developing countries die from preventable diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

·        The average American uses 100 to 175 gallons of water at home each day.  An African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day.

·        Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease

·        88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

·        At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

·        40 billion hours each year are spent collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa, equal to over 19 million full-time employees.

·        The weight of the water container that women in Africa carry on their heads is equivalent to the baggage weight allowed by airlines (20 kg/44 lbs)

·        Many women and young girls in developing countries must walk as much as six miles every day to retrieve water for their families.







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