WATSAN Walks for Water are a key fundraising opportunity. Groups of supporters take part in sponsored 20-mile walks to raise vital funds for the projects in Uganda.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have run a series of very successful dispersed Walks for Water, which gained more support and raised more money than events in the previous format (gathering a single large group of supporters together for a weekend).

In 2023 the dispersed events are being coordinated by longstanding supporter Andrew Starr, who will offer support to those who are in a position to organise local events. Walk leaders are responsible for planning a route, gathering local walkers, overseeing their safe participation, and sharing achievements with the wider group. Previous dispersed events have made good use of WhatsApp as well as an online Zoom event in the evening to bring together walkers from all of the different locations and create a feeling of shared endeavour.

Andrew is initially approaching those who have kindly led a WATSAN Walk for Water in the past, and others who have expressed interest, to see if they would be willing to lead a local walk again next year. We are now also seeking new walk leaders in new places for 2023.

The aim is to raise funds for our present target project, an ambitious gravity flow scheme in Kazuru.

If you feel you may be able to help, please do email Andrew at leicstarr@gmail.com, so that he can begin to put together a preliminary list of potential walks.

Previous walks have made important contributions towards our projects. In 2019 we completed a walk in the Quantock Hills in Somerset to support a project at Kihihi Hill, raising over £17,000 for WATSAN. Our partners in Uganda have also organised their own Walks for Water to raise funds for their projects.