Event Spreads Awareness for Global Water Crisis, Raises Funds for Safe Water Solutions
AURORA, Ill. — One in every eight people – 884 million worldwide – lacks access to safe water. Because of this, 1.8 million children die each year from diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
Grundfos, a global leader in advanced pump manufacturing, presents an opportunity to change this through its second annual Chicagoland Walk for Water at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Grundfos Chicago, 3905 Enterprise Court, Aurora, IL. The Walk supports Water Missions International, a non-profit engineering organization that provides communities in the developing world with sustainable safe water solutions, many of which utilize Grundfos’ solar- or wind-powered water pumping technology.
“Grundfos is a values-driven company,” said Mike Franzen, vice president of Operations at Grundfos Chicago. “We are proud to live out our value of partnership by using our expertise in the water industry to help bring this crucial natural resource to those in need.”
The Walk for Water is a non-competitive, educational event that mimics the trek of those who walk almost four miles per day to provide their families with what is often contaminated water. Halfway through the 3.5-mile walk, participants will fill three-gallon buckets with water, simulating the true burden of life in a developing nation.
“Grundfos’ support of Water Missions International truly shows that its values are more than words on a page,” said Lauren Jernigan, regional coordinator for Water Missions International. “Thousands of people will wake up each day with access to safe water thanks to the 2013 Chicagoland Walk for Water.”
Grundfos Chicago anticipates a repeat of last year’s successful inaugural Walk, which raised $10,000 to support Water Missions International. The goal of the 2013 Walk is to bring the amount raised to $20,000 – enough to fund a sustainable safe water solution for 3,500 people in a developing country.
Last year, Grundfos’ Walk for Water in Kansas City, Mo., funded two clean water systems that are now serving thousands in the villages of Dauphine and Rossignol, Haiti.
Additional sponsors of the 2013 Chicagoland Walk for Water include T&L Manufacturing Corporation, Aurora Metals Division, LLC, and Fox Valley Sandblasting and Powder Coating.