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First 'Water Walk' raises $1,300

The Rossini family participated in the first Hudson Water Walk on April 29. Pictured from left are Lori, Jeff, Sydney and Gabi Rossini.

The first Hudson Water Walk on April 29, part of the St. Croix County Earth Day Celebration, raised $1,345 for the Hudson Middle School H2O for Life project.

Students, their families and community members walked a route just shy of a 5K, or 3.1 miles. But this was no ordinary 3-mile hike. Imagine doing it carrying 20 liters of water.

The idea was to raise awareness of the millions of women and girls in developing countries who do just that every day, and many regions are suffering from water scarcity. There are 884 million people who lack access to clean drinking water and over 2 billion who lack access to an adequate latrine.

Youth Action Hudson teamed up with Camp St. Croix, St. Patrick Faith Formation groups and Hudson Middle School for the Water Walk 5k, and participants carried six liters of water on average. All funds raised supported a WASH project (water, sanitation and hygiene) at the Nyonjoro Primary school located in the Nyandarua District in Kenya.