Steve Spear, 49, is running the equivalent of a marathon a day for the next five months, logging over 3,000 miles to raise $1.5 million to provide clean water for a Kenyan village of 30,000 people. Putting faith into action, Spear’s Running for Water campaign aims to raise funds and awareness for the countless people in Africa who live – and die – every day without clean water.
‘Running for Water’ is the brainchild of Spear, a former pastor at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, IL. The initiative was inspired by a seven-year-old girl Spear met only once. Spear recalls, “Her name is Winnie, and she lives in western Kenya with her parents and three siblings. Winnie is the face of one billion people who have no access to clean, safe water. Like millions of other girls, Winnie walks alongside her mother, for six to ten miles every day, to collect contaminated water in old fuel containers, which weigh up to fifty pounds! Every day, six thousand children die from diarrheal diseases linked to unsafe water.”
A CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE
- Spear will run 3,200 miles, averaging a marathon a day for 5 months
- He will consume 6,100 calories a day.
- He will go through 10 pairs of running shoes
THE REASON: CLEAN WATER FOR AFRICA
- 900 million people lack access to safe water
- 6,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water and basic sanitation facilities
- 443 million school days per year are lost to water-related illness
- The difference: hope for 30,000 people