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Five-year-old Finley Chamberlain (left) and four-year-old Harley Elankenheim and about 30 other water warriors stretched at the Victoria Square before taking part in the six-kilometer Aveda Walk for Water yesterday in Amherst
AMHERST – Six-kilometres.
That’s the average distance that women and girls throughout the world walk to get to the closest source of clean drinking water.
“Here in Canada you just turn on the tap,” said Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, Damaris Wellness and Spa owner and operator. “We’re so privileged here, and we sometimes take it for granted, but so many people around the world don’t have basic, clean drinking water.”
Damaris is taking part in Aveda’s Earth Month campaign and yesterday they participated in Earth Day by hosting a six-kilometre walk.
“All 16 members of my staff has a personal goal of raising $100 each through pledges, and some of them have surpassed that.” said Smith-McCrossin.
The Royal Bank of Canada also donated $1,000 to the Aveda Walk for Water.
The money raised during the walk goes to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, while money raised through the sales of Aveda candles at Damaris goes to underdeveloped nations for water projects.
“It has two purposes, one stays local through Nova Scotia Nature Trust, and then the proceeds from Aveda sales goes to water projects throughout the world,” said Smith McCrossin. “We will be collecting money until the end of April, so anybody can stop by Damaris and make a donation.”
Rose Spicer, director of fund development for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, said their goal is to conserve lands in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes that have important water sheds and water systems.
“We have a beautiful abundant source of water in Nova Scotia and nobody should ever take that for granted,” said Spicer. “There are water sources in our own province that are at risk at this point, so we can take warning from what’s happening in other country’s.”
She thanked everybody who came out for the walk and thanked Aveda as well.
“With the help of Aveda we’re able get land and conserve it and make sure our clean water source is here for the next generation,” said Spicer.
The 30 walkers then stretched under clear skies at Victoria Square before walking for six kilometres.