Two-mile walk aids developing countries

Students and faculty gathered at the KnightSpot on Saturday March 31 to support the nonprofit organization “charity: water” with a two-mile Walk for Water around campus.

The walk’s purpose was to raise awareness and funds for developing nations that lack adequate water supplies.

The hall council for Putnam Hall, also known as EcoHouse, worked for several months to help Geneseo students partake in “charity: water’s” Walk for Water and make a difference in less fortunate communities.

“All school year we decided this would be our main focus for fundraising. We’ve been planning since January,” said sophomore Dalya Kefi, president of Putnam Hall Council.

Kefi said many people who have always lived with a guaranteed source of clean water don’t understand the uncertainty in people’s lives in which a fresh source of water means life or death.

“‘Charity: water’ helps bring clean water sources to developing countries, such as building wells for communities with no easy access to water,” Kefi said. “100 percent of the donations go directly into projects.”

In the past five years, “charity: water” has raised more than $40 million while funding 6,185 projects.

Many different campus organizations showed interest in helping out with Walk for Water by collaborating on publicity efforts and planning of the walk. The coed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega helped with advertising by making posters for the walk and Wyoming Hall Council worked closely with EcoHouse to help plan the event.

“Everyone has worked together; it’s been like a meeting of the minds,” Kefi said.

Along with the walk, students worked to provide entertainment at the event: Sophomores Rob Rubsam and Pat Smith played at the KnightSpot as a guitar-cello duo, Mac’s Place hosted Rochester-based ukulele player Cammy Enaharo and Geneseo’s a cappella group Between the Lines performed at the end of the walk to close the event.

Walk for Water was one of EcoHouse’s main goals to aid in sustainability, and the Putnam Hall Council took initiative in accomplishing their vision.

“$5,000 builds a well. We hope to have some fraction to contribute,” said Kefi. “We chose this cause to educate and help people on campus become more aware.”

The students raised $1000 in funds.

For more information on “charity: water” or to make a donation, visit www.charitywater.org. The event was sponsored by Student Association and Activities Commission.