Walk to raise money for water purification project

MAHOMET — Organizers of next month's "Walk for Water" hope to help participants reflect on the distance that people — mostly women and children — must travel to access clean water in developing nations.

"That's hard to comprehend, for us," said Pastor Allan Oman of New Beginnings Lutheran Church. "We just turn the tap and have clean water."

The non-competitive walk will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at NBLC on Dunbar Street. From there, walkers will make their way to the Sangamon, where they'll fill their buckets with river water and return to the church through the streets of Mahomet — a total of 31/2 miles.

Organizers hope to raise $25,000, enough to purchase one water-purification unit for Water Missions International. The solar-powered purification devices can clean enough water to supply a village of 3,000 to 5,000 people each day.

Oman said that $25,000 is a "pretty ambitious goal" for a first-year fundraiser, but he hopes that churches and civic groups across the area will get involved. NALC congregations from as far away as Danforth and Altamont have already pledged to attend, he added.

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