Challenge yourself to give up your morning coffee and make ‘just water’ your only beverage for 14 or 30 days this March, to improve your health and raise money to help give safe water to others.
The Water Challenge an annual event, coinciding with World Water Day on 22nd March. The mission of this challenge is to bring safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to the world’s poorest. The water challenge asks you to drink only water in March and raise money for safe water projects through sponsorship. Just $70 can help to provide safe drinking water for a child.
The charity behind the Water Challenge, WaterAid has been working hard with some of the world’s poorest people for over 10 years and are working towards a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2030. Unfortunately, 650 million people in the world are still without safe water, and one in three people in the world lack adequate sanitation. Nearly 900 children die each day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. It is mind boggling to think that thins we take for granted everyday are still causing so many easily preventable deaths.
This year there is more than one way to get involved in the challenge. You can go for the full month of March or if you are unable to commit to the full month, start anytime in March and complete 14 days instead. So if you were hoping to give that coffee addiction a kick or give your liver a little break then here is your chance to do it with the incentive of being sponsored to give you even more reason to stick with it.
If you don’t think you are able to drink just plain water for 30 days, you can get a little creative with your water and make it interesting. Jazz it up by adding mint, cucumber, strawberries or lemon or try the Apple Cinnamon Metabolism Boost drink (water infused with one sliced Fuji apple and one cinnamon stick for an hour).
If you don’t think the water challenge is for you, there is also the Walk 4 Water 10,000 steps a day challenge from the 20th of March to the 24TH of March. This challenge is designed to get people walking and to remind participants of the daily journey that people, primarily women and children in developing countries undertake to collect water.
It’s free to register for the Water Challenge and there are also prizes up for grabs. To learn a bit more about the challenge, or to register yourself or your team, check out www.waterchallenge.org.au and you can find out more about the WaterAid charity to donate at www.wateraid.org/au.