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CreComm student organizes winter walk to benefit water harvesting efforts in Tanzania

February 4, 2015

Playing with students from Qaru LamboA Red River College student is encouraging Winnipeggers to go for a walk next weekend —to help fund a rainwater-harvesting project at a school in Tanzania.

Bronwyn Fenn, a second-year Creative Communications student at RRC, is the leading force behind the Winnipeg for Water 6K, a walk and fun-run taking place Sun., Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at the North Kildonan Community Centre.

“I chose six kilometres because that’s the average distance women and children who live in areas with low access to water [have to] walk every day,” says Fenn, a Kildonan East Collegiate alum who first began raising funds for drought-stricken communities while in high school.

“All money raised is being combined with funds from Kildonan-East Collegiate, and will help build a rainwater harvesting project at Kiwasi Primary School in the Bunda district of Tanzania. The school is about four kilometres from a water source, which is shared with animals — so it’s not safe to drink.”

It’s Fenn’s hope that at least 100 participants will sign up for the walk, and that the event will raise enough money to build the same sort of rainwater harvesting system as the one provided to schools she visited in 2010, while fundraising on behalf of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR).

“We’re Winnipeggers,” Fenn told Canstar Community News this week. “We’re used to the cold. We have all this frozen fresh water around us, and so many people [around the world] have to walk so far just to get their water.”

Click here to sign up for the Walk online, through the Running Room’s events and registration website.

Donations can be made here through CPAR, an emergency relief agency focused on long-term development in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. Africa.