‘We are lucky’ fundraiser teaches Salmon Arm students not to take water for granted

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A unique annual fundraiser gave hundreds of Shuswap students the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes Tuesday.

The Water Walk, held at South Broadview Elementary in Salmon Arm Tuesday, gave participants a glimpse of what it’s like to live without the clean tap water that many of us take for granted.

During the event students fill up buckets of water at a local pond and carry them back to the school. The exercise is meant to show students what it is like for others around the world who have to walk long distances to collect water.

“Our Water Walk is much shorter. [It] takes about ten minutes, whereas for many people around the world it takes easily four or five hours to get the water and come back,” explained teacher Janu Smith.

“I think it is great for kids to be able to look beyond their small little world that they have here and be able to get an understanding of what is going on in the greater world.”

As they carried their buckets of murky pond water up the hill to the school, students reflected on their own good fortune to live in a place where clean running water is the norm.

“We are lucky to have what we have,” commented one student. “I wouldn’t want to drink dirty water like this,” said another.

The event is also a fundraiser. Students collected over $4,700 through pledges.

The money will go towards adopting a village in Ecuador as well as local projects.