Hundreds of students gathered at the BC Legislature for the WE Walk for Water campaign (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of Victoria students march for water accessibility

The second We Walk for Water campaign took place at the B.C. Legislature

Over 400 students gathered on the lawns of the B.C. Legislature Wednesday morning, some bearing heavy jugs of water and others homemade signs.

The students were there for the second annual We Walk for Water campaign, an international initiative to get people from around the world access to clean water.

Participants heard that over 840 million people in the world don’t have regular access to clean water, and that most of the people affected by this are women.

“Girls can’t go to school because they have to walk for the water hours and hours of their day,” said Hannah Smeibiel, a Grade 11 student at Stelly’s Secondary. “This is to set the symbol for awareness and for raising money for the project.”

On average, a woman or girl will travel six kilometres per day to gather water. In solidarity with them, students aimed to do 12 laps around the legislature’s lawn, which would measure roughly six kilometres.

ALSO READ: Victoria youth continue to strike for climate justice

Schools have also been campaigning to fundraise for the cause, with numbers still rolling in.

“Every $25 provides one person with access to clean water for life. Our goal this year is to help 80,000, which is lofty but achievable,” said Katrina MacGibbon, project lead for the WE Walk. ” These are resources that are not a luxury, they are for survival and it will help everyone thrive…It’s really about drilling down that we have one world and one shared resource, and these students really get that and are rallying behind that.”

ALSO READ: Hundreds of students participate in WE Walk for Water event

B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming was also on scene in support of the walk.

“The connection between the lack of clean water for tens of thousands, millions, tens of millions of people around the world is really a threat to kids being able to learn every day and be in school,” Fleming said.

his is really about fighting and tackling poverty that is far too prevalent around the globe. “

Victoria’s Friday march happened at the same time as two other ones in the United Kingdom; one at Hyde Park in London and one at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

On May 10th, the official WE Walk for Water day, hundreds of cities around the world will also have similar demonstrations.

For more information you can visit we.org

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

 

Hundreds of students gathered at the BC Legislature for the WE Walk for Water campaign (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Just Posted

Famed Syrian artist displays paintings created while living in refugee camps

Farid Abdulbaki’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ exhibit will be displayed May 24-26 in Victoria

Mad Hatter’s Ball offers laughs in support of Boys and Girls Club

Annual fundraising event features improv performances at McPherson Playhouse May 24

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

SidFest 7 ready to rock the Mary Winspear Centre

The Bankes Brothers and Madrona Drive headlining May 24 concert

Penelakut filmmaker Steve Sxwithul’txw finds success in film and TV

Cop-turned-storyteller reaches back to his past for Tribal Police Files

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Most Read