You may remember a while ago we posted about Dr. Murali Vedula’s water walk for the UN World Water Day. These events are a great way to raise awareness about the water shortages faced by millions of people every day, and they’re happening all over the place. A quick google search of “Water Walk” results in pages of results showing the different ways communities are banding together to address the issue of global water scarcity. Most of these walks are fairly casual 2-5 mile walks, but every once in a while an individual goes above and beyond to raise awareness for water.
One such individual is Waukesha native Andy Stenz. Andy is walking 225 miles from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan to raise awareness and funding for Living Water International (LWI), a Christian 501(c)3 non-profit that implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. LWI works with nationals to drill wells, teach hygiene, and deal with other issues related to clean water. Andy’s goal is to raise $50,000, which will provide a year of clean water for 2500 families.
Andy’s Walk for Clean Water started May 28 in La Crosse and will be completed on June 7 at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee. Walkers are welcome to join Andy on his walk and can find details for each day’s route and how to contribute financially on the Walk for Clean Water website, www.walkforcleanwater.org
The route through local communities:
Mon. 5/28 La Crosse to Sparta
Tue. 5/29 Sparta to Wilton
Wed. 5/30 Wilton to La Valle
Thurs. 5/31 La Valle to Devil’s Lake
Fri. 6/1 Devil’s Lake to Waunakee
Sat. 6/2 Waunakee to Madison
Sun. 6/3 Day off in Madison
Mon. 6/4 Madison to Lake Mills
Tues. 6/5 Lake Mills to Dousman
Wed. 6/6 Dousman to New Berlin
Thurs. 6/7 New Berlin to Milwaukee (Ends at McKinley Beach at around 7 p.m.)
Maps of Andy’s journey can be found here: http://walkforcleanwater.org/daily-maps/