Students Raise $45,000 for Clean Water Awareness

On Sunday, May 6, 40 Northwest School students each helped carry five gallons of water for five kilometers at Water1st Carry 5, raising almost $45,000 and reclaiming the “Golden Jerry Can” as the top fundraising team for the annual walk.

"Access to water is something I think many of us take for granted in America," says Naomi F. ’22, who participated in the event. "When you turn on a faucet, water is almost guaranteed to come out, and that isn't the case for a lot of people around the world. I think people really took my message to heart and wanted to provide support."

Northwest has participated in the Water1st Carry 5 event since 2010. Participants carry five-gallon jugs of water for five kilometers to raise awareness for the nearly one billion people around the world who still lack access to clean water. The five gallons and kilometers symbolize the five hours to day an estimated 200 million women and children spend walking for water. Nearly five million girls around the world cannot go to school because they are carrying water.

Naomi led all 8th grade students with $8,150 raised from 57 donors, the most number of donors of anyone participating in the fundraiser. NWS senior Tessa F. raised $8,603, the highest individual total of all fundraisers in the event.

In total, the Water1st Carry 5 event raised $290,000, and the money will go to providing clean water and toilets for people in Ethiopia, Honduras, Bangladesh, and Mozambique.