By Jenn Watt
Despite the rain, about a dozen people came out to the Water Ambassadors Canada walk in Haliburton on Sunday, Oct. 4, with about 60 in total around Ontario, raising funds for clean drinking water and sanitation equipment in places such as South and Central America and Africa.
Organizer Ursula Devolin said the event surpassed the local Haliburton goal of $10,000. More than $27,000 was raised across the province.
In addition to providing clean drinking water, Water Ambassadors Canada’s work is specifically assisting with mitigating COVID-19 spread through the provision of hand-washing stations. According to United Nations figures, basic water services are absent from a quarter of health-care facilities around the world.
“WAC has worked with partners in Uganda to help provide hand washing stations outside public buildings,” Devolin said. “We all know how important hand washing is, especially during a pandemic. We have the ability to help slow or stop the spread of coronavirus in places that lack adequate health care in the first place. A lot of the places we work in have no ventilators – we all need to work together to reduce the spread, and clean water and soap is [an important] way to fight it.”