As part of the Wyre Forest SustFest activities, Kidderminster Soroptimists combined a Water Walk with a Litter Pick to highlight protecting the environment and raising awareness of women and girls who have to walk for their water every day.
We started in Springfield Park, Kidderminster with 7 Soroptimist members, 1 Soroptimister and 1 lady from U3A. There were also 3 Pick Up Artists, ladies who concentrated on Springfield Park. We carried on and joined the Staffs & Worcester canal up to Wolverley Lock. The group stopped at the Old Smithy Tearooms where Steff served a welcome cuppa and delicious cake. We collected about 2-3 bags of litter along the way – helping to keep the waterway and surrounding area clear of litter that can often be harmful to wildlife. We were impressed that there was so little litter to collect, which may indicate that people are more aware of protecting the environment. Donations from today’s walkers raised £30 for Water Aid.
Club members have been walking alongside water for a few years as way of reminding ourselves that in people in many countries have little or no access to safe clean water. Many have to make long journeys to collect water, with those journeys more often falling to women and young girls, who sacrifice their education and careers to make sure their families have water. Distances can vary from around 1.2km (taking around 15 minutes) to 8km (taking hours) and many make that walk twice a day. Donations from these walks have been given to Water Aid – one of many organisations that work with Soroptimists.
More details from:
Links to Water Aid – www.wateraid.org;
Kidderminster Soroptimists: www.sigbi.org/kidderminster-and-district
SustFest – Details of all events at wfgall.org.uk/sustfest.html
or on the SustFest Wyre Forest Facebook page