On Monday morning, Ben H and I ran to
10 kilometres to be precise.
We started at
St. Paul's. We gave the Queen a wave at Buckingham Palace. We
blazed along with the wind in our hair and nothing to stop us -
aside from 200 traffic lights, London's entire workforce on foot,
and a scenic loo break two thirds in when Ben got caught
Our one man technological guru, Kamal,
accompanied us by bike to record the whole thing and update the
whole office live as it happened.
Why did we do
We did it because 10km is the
distance that people in the village of Ajiek in Sudan used to have
to walk, every day, to get to a borehole for the water that they
needed to live. And whilst we chugged along the Strand, struggling
with the weight of the Oyster cards in our pockets (unused, might
it be noted), these formidable ladies used to carry up to 21 litres
of water for the 10km walk back.
For those who aren't sure how heavy 21 litres
is, here's a pictorial representation:
and I ran in to celebrate the fact that this is no longer the case
for these ladies.
Working alongside an
incredible NGO called FARM
Africa, our innocent
foundation has funded
the development of a borehole in the village.
This means these women now
have an extra 6 hours every day to sell their crops and generate a
secure income for their families.
Their children no longer have to stay at home
alone waiting for food to be cooked on Mum's return, and they are
now able to wash more than once every 10 days because there is
sufficient water to do so.
In simple maths, water = the ability to make
life changing choices.
Here's the little video that Kamal made about
A massive thank you to FARM Africa.
And a huge thank you to all of you who have
bought our bottles, cartons, pots and wedges over the years.
In doing so, you've been a part of changing