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Global 6K for Water

The COVID-19 global pandemic has altered many things, including the Global 6K for Water. World Vision has made the decision that this years event will be virtual. Now what does that mean? What that means is that there is still a need. Imagine for a moment what life would be like for you if you had to deal with a global pandemic AND had little to no access to clean safe water. Once this viral crisis passes for million of people the clean water crisis will still exist. By registering for this years Global 6K or bu supporting out team you will still be helping to fund clean water projects around the world. Everyone who registers will still receive their complete race packet complete with t-shirt, race bib and finisher medal. Since there will be no large group gatherings you are encouraged to walk or run around your neighborhood as a way of “participating” in the event. How you do it is up to you. COVID-19 may have all our attention right now but let’s not lose sight of the other needs that exist in the world. We can still make a difference and change people’s lives. Don’t delay, register today! 

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: Whenever
Location: Your neighborhood

This spring King of Glory Lutheran Church is teaming up with World Vision to host South Elgin’s first Global 6K for Water. This is a great opportunity to rally together as a community and make a lasting impact in the world by raising money to fund projects that will bring sustainable life-changing clean water to children and communities around the world.

What is the Global 6K for Water?

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, thousands of people will join the world’s largest 6K walk for clean water and walk or run for an extraordinary cause – bringing clean water to children and their families. Every $50 registration provides clean water for one child. You can help a child fulfill their dreams, instead of filling up buckets of water. Last year, 48,000 people participated in the Global 6K to provide clean water to 63,000 people. To find out more, go to www.worldvision6K.org.

Why walk for clean water?

Clean water frees children from deadly diseases, liberates women and children from a life spent gathering dirty water, and opens the door to education, a promising future, and a full life. Right now, nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene – more than AIDS and malaria combined. But we believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes. That’s why we’re focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. Every 10 seconds, World Vision provides clean water to one new person. By registering for the Global 6K for Water, you are helping build a world where everyone has access to clean water!

How do I sign up and what is the registration fee?

You can join “Team King of Glory” by clicking this link or any of the Join Our Team buttons on this page. Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 18. Each registration fee provides sustainable life changing clean water for one person. When you register, World Vision will send you a 6K t-shirt, race bib with a photo of the child you are walking or running for, and even a medal in the mail. 

How will my $50 registration fee be used? 

$50 provides clean water for one person. Funds raised will be used to dig new water wells, build handwashing stations, improve water infrastructure and pipelines, train community members to maintain these projects, and more. The more people who register, the more children and families who get clean water. It’s that simple! Our goal is provide clean water to 60,000 children through the Global 6K.

Why 6 kilometers? Aren’t most races 5k or 10k?

The distance is significant. 6 kilometers is the average distance people – usually women and girls – walk to get water for their families and homes in the developing world. Often, the walk is dangerous, children miss school, and the water is dirty. On May 16, every step you take is one they don’t hav to. Please note this is NOT a timed race so keeping your time is up to you. We encourage you to take pictures and post them on social media with your 6K PR.

How far is 6 kilometers in miles?

6 kilometers is approximately 3.7 miles. It’s equivalent to 15 laps around a track, the length of the National Mall (and back) in Washington, D.C. Imagine a small child making this walk every day with up to 40 pounds of water (the equivalent of a large microwave) on their back. 

I’m not a runner or I don’t live in the area. Can I still participate? 

Yes! You can walk or run. This race is for everyone, no matter age, size, sex or fitness level. The distance doesn’t require significant physical fitness, the time commitment is minimal, and the registration fee isn’t too costly. It’s an easy – and meaningful – way to spend time together as a family or with friends and neighbors.

If you aren’t able to participate in the Global 6K, you can still make a financial contribute to our cause. Simply follow the same link to our registration page, there you will have to option to either join the team or make a contribution. Simply choose which option is right for you.

Where will the event take place?

The event will begin and end at SEBA Park in South Elgin. The route will follow south along the Fox River Trail to a turn around point at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve. Those running the 6K will depart at 8am while walkers will depart at 8:10am.

Who is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that provides long-term solutions to poverty, emergency humanitarian assistance and advocates on behalf of the poor. We work in nearly 100 countries including the U.S.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that provides long-term solutions to poverty, emergency humanitarian assistance and advocates on behalf of the poor. We work in nearly 100 countries including the U.S.

What’s unique about World Vision is our long-lasting impact and community-based approach. For example, local people are given ownership and training in the maintenance of water wells ensuring that the water will continue to flow long after the work ends.

We have a proven track-record when it comes to clean water. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world, providing a new person with clean water every 10 seconds. In 2017, World Vision provided access to clean water to 3.2 million people. Learn more about World Vision’s water programs here: https://www.worldvision.org/our-work/clean-water