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Rotary Global Run4Water
Category: Water | By RotaryGlobal, 10-Jun-2012 | Viewed 4819  Comments 0
Close access to clean water helps reduce poverty; it's as simple as that.  Healthy adults and children are better able to work and can spend more time in school, instead of fetching water from far away. 

Our mission is to help needy people in the world have clean drinking water, because safe water helps to liberate people so they can live healthier, fuller, and more productive lives. At the same time we are going to raise awareness among Rotarians of the worldwide water crisis, and improve Rotary's public image as a major player in the water and sanitation cause.

Please join us, and visit www.rotaryglobalrun4water.org

Rotary gives all of us the opportunity to serve, to give back to the community, or to help the less fortunate to have a better life.  Please take ACTION and make this happen.

The RotaryGlobalRun4Water is a sponsor run to raise money and awareness for  Matching Grant (MG) and  Global Grant (GG) clean water and sanitation projects, organized by Rotary clubs in their local community.  Clubs can join us by holding this successful fundraising event any time, but the global events are planned for the week of September 30th, 2012 and March 22nd 2013. The aim is to raise $1 Million USD for TRF-approved water projects.

Role of Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact Club

Each club can choose what type of event they want to organize: a 5k, 10k, 15k or Marathon. You can also  use the formula from our partners "Rotary Walking for Water:" A 6k walk carrying 6 Li (4 bottles) of water. 

The club is responsible for organizing and coordinating the event locally or regionally to make it a success. It is an excellent means for your Rotary Club to work together with the local community to really help improve the lives of people in developing countries, and make a significant impact in the quest for clean water and sanitation.
  • Each event is independently organized but connected to create a global event that brings Rotarians together in common a cause, messaging, and timing.

  • Participating Rotarians seek sponsors for their effort from family, friends, network relations, and local businesses.

The basic principles of Rotary GlobalRun4Water


RotaryGlobalRun4Water is for Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, business relations and local businesses, schools and children, running and athletic clubs, and for the general public.


The RotaryGlobalRun4Water is a sponsored run/marathon for Rotarians to raise money and awareness for clean water and sanitation, organized by Rotary clubs in their local community


RotaryGlobalRun4Water can be organized by any club, at any time, but the global event is planned for the week before or after Sunday, September 30th 2012.

On World Water Day, March 22nd 2013 our partners, Rotary Walking for Water Intl, (RWWI) are holding their annual event.  This fundraiser is similar to the GlobalRun4Water, and since both event organizations are working together a second GlobalRun4Water event is planned in this week as well. Depending on interest another global event in the week of May 18th 2013 is being considered.

For what?

Each Rotary Club can select its own specific TRF MG/GG water and/or sanitation project which is aimed to assist the poorest of the poor in the developing world.  There are more water projects to choose from on the  Rotary GlobalRun4Water website.  Alternatively you can submit your own project. Our aim with this combined effort is to raise $1 Million USD in Rotary year 2012-2013 by attracting districts and clubs around the world to organize the event on September 30th, 2012. 


RotaryGlobalRun4Water has two goals:  to raise awareness and funds.  The event is a powerful means of informing Rotarians and the general public  about the worldwide problems of clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, and to improve Rotary's image amongst the general public as a major player in the water and sanitation cause. Our mission is to help needy people in the world have clean drinking water, because having safe drinking water helps to liberate people so they can live healthier, fuller, and more productive lives.

"The Rotary Foundation has Water and Sanitation as one of its main areas of focus.  I am aware of and gladly endorse the RotaryGlobalRun4Water project.  Not only is it raising the much needed money for various Water Projects, it is also raising awareness in our community.  Involvement in such an event will also energize and revitalize Clubs seeking a new project focus.  I have seen at first hand the suffering and loss caused by the drinking of contaminated water.  Your support of this project would further advance the work of the Foundation in doing good in the world. 
William B. Boyd, Rotary International, President 2006-2007'

Water is a basic human right, yet 900 million people lack access to safe water and over 2.5 billion have no safe sanitation. That's why water & sanitation is a key focus area in the new Rotary, because where there is water there is peace, health, education, and economic development.  That's why WASRAG, the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group, adopted the slogan "Start with water." We encourage every Rotarian to become familiar with the world water issues, both at home and in other parts of the world.  Every Rotary club should get involved in water and sanitation projects; and through multi-district and multi-club partnering we can together achieve so much more.

Money and expertise are keys to success, so are active Rotary clubs involved in raising funds and awareness. That's why I endorse the RotaryGlobalRun4Water and encourage clubs around the world to embrace this simple but powerful formula.  It is an easy way for clubs to get involved with water in their local community and support meaningful grant projects. With broad participation in such a multi-district fundraiser we can foster partnerships, raise the exposure of Rotary, and most importantly make a significant difference in the cause for clean water.
Ron Denham, Chair, Wasrag

For more information contact George Lewis at waterman6960@yahoo.com.
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