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Walk for Water for Haiti: March 20

March 15, 2011, Volume 57, No. 25


Haiti is still in need of assistance; among the obstacles that Haitians face on a daily basis is water acquisition; approximately four million people there are unable to access clean water. That’s why on Sunday, March 20, the Penn School of Nursing has organized the Walk for Water for Haiti. Honoring World Water Day, this 5-K walk will begin at Houston Hall at 9 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. Proceeds will be used to fund a water filtration system for the National School of Nursing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Co-sponsors of the walk include the School of Nursing’s Taskforce on Haiti, which was formed last February to help support education of nurses in Haiti, and the Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, whose mission is to help nurses make a global impact.

World Water Day was established by the United Nations and has been held annually in March since 1993. This event is also particularly fitting with Penn’s Year of Water, as it encourages an appreciation for water while striving to aid others in accessing this vital resource.

Participants may carry buckets of water in honor of the Haitian women who need to travel long distances for clean water. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Sara Holland at: Sara.Holland@uphs.upenn.edu, or Amy Kim at: Amy.Kim@uphs.upenn.edu

For more information about the walk and to register, visit: www.nursing.upenn.edu/gha/Pages/walkforhaitifundraiser.aspx


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