Amee Joshi and Gowri Sharma are UNICEF supporters and lead organizers for the first-ever Dallas Water Walk.
Dallas hosted its first ever UNICEF Tap Project Water Walk this pastÂ Saturday. The UNICEF Tap Project community event sought to raise awareness of and support for the world water crisis.
A dedicated organizing committee started planning for the event in January. Local businesses donated refreshments, sand, and other necessities to make the event a success.
On the day of the event walkers carriedÂ weighted jugs around a quarter mileÂ path at a local park. Education was a key component of the walk. Signs with facts about water lined the route, and volunteers handed out stamps that introduced walkers to UNICEF and the work they do. Education tents were also set up, with interactive displays and videos on UNICEF’s work andÂ the UNICEF Tap Project. Children were able to make a â€śdrop in the bucketâ€ť by adding coins to canisters representing water in wells around Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
With the help of the organizing committee, regional U.S. Fund for UNICEF board members, and local UNICEF Campus Clubs, the event attracted more than 150 walkers and raised over $7,000 to provide access to clean drinking waterÂ to the 2012Â campaign beneficiariesâ€”Togo, Vietnam, Mauritania, and Cameroon.