The Aveda Water Walk raises awareness of water conservation and raises money for water projects.
AMHERST – Water is something many here take for granted, when in reality there are many in our region and around the world that access to clean drinking water is not a given.
Just as they have for the last three years, a group of employees at Damaris Spa and Wellness Centre and community supporters will walk six kilometres on Monday to raise awareness of the importance of clean, drinking water and to raise funds for local water projects.
“Six kilometres represents the distance a woman would walk each and every day to secure water for her family,” committee member Dawn Mitchell said. “It’s something most of us don’t think about, but for many people getting access to good water is an ordeal.”
Money raised by the water walk will go to support projects such as the Petitcodiac Watershed Monitoring Group, the Elk River Alliance and the East Hants Fracking Opposition Group.
“Everyone who participates is doing there own little thing to make a difference,” Kim Gould said. “Everyone is welcome to participate and we’d love to have more children take part. The more, the merrier.”
The walk will begin at Victoria Square at approximately 4 p.m. and make its way along East Victoria to Willow Street. From there, walkers will go up Willow Street to East Pleasant, cut across East Pleasant to Albion Street and from Albion to Spring and Spring to Church before finishing in the square.
Mitchell said there are pledge sheets available at Damaris and there is no cost to participate.
Last year’s event had approximately 60 participants and raised $3,000, bringing the three-year total to about $9,000.