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Walk for Water

AMHERST – Water scarcity isn’t something we experience in Canada.

“I personally never thought about it before,” said Christine MacDonald of Damaris.

That changed, though, when she got involved with Aveda’s Earth Month campaign. On Earth Day, Apr. 22, the spa’s third annual Walk for Water will be held. The six-kilometre route simulates the long walk women and children make for fresh water every day in underdeveloped countries, according to MacDonald.

Participants will gather at Victoria Square around 3;30 p.m. for a warmup, she said, and the walk starts a half-hour later.

“We get pledges,” said MacDonald, “we each have a goal here at the spa.”

The woman said 50 or more people participated last year and, over two years, the event has raised more than $6,000. The local charity beneficiary is Nova Scotia Nature Trust, which the organizer said is devoted to protecting wetlands.

There is no charge to participate, and would-be walkers can join by contacting Damaris on Church Street. Pledges can be made online or at the spa.

The walk will mark the seventh year nationally Aveda has hosted the Earth Day event.

“It helps locally as well as globally,” said MacDonald of the fundraising effort.

esparling@amherstdaily.com

Twitter: @ADNsparling

Organizations: Aveda, Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Geographic location: Canada, Church Street

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