Thank You to Everyone Who Joined Us Both In-Person and Virtually for Embrace Relief’s “H2Ow Far Can You Walk?” 5K Walkathon

Crowds of people filled the pathways beside the Hudson River on Saturday morning, June 25, braving the heat and humidity to complete Embrace Relief’s “H2Ow Far Can You Walk?” 5K Walkathon Fundraiser at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.

This first-annual event raised money for Embrace Relief’s “Fountains of Hope” initiative, which reconstructs abandoned non-operational water wells in the African countries of Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria. All proceeds from the Walkathon are going towards Embrace Relief’s goal of rebuilding 250 water wells in 2022, which would provide clean drinking water for at least 250,000 people in those countries

Participants who attended and completed Embrace Relief’s first-annual “H2Ow Far Can You Walk” 5K Walk-A-Thon in-person at Liberty State Park in Jersey City took a combined 625,000+ steps for clean water.

In addition to the many dozens of walkers who joined the 5K in person Saturday, Embrace Relief also received the support of hundreds of thousands more people around the world virtually through a partnership with SweatCoin, an step-counting app that turns each step into digital currency.

Throughout the month of June, the “H2Ow Far Can You Walk: A Walk to Bring Water to Africa” campaign was featured on the SweatCoin app, where more than 568,000 people from 240 countries contributed their steps toward this global cause. Together, we walked more than 30 billion steps for clean water during June! On the day of the Walk-A-Thon itself, more than 6,000 SweatCoin users registered and completed their 5K virtually from a variety of locations from around the world, walking a total of 20.5 million steps!

The idea of the “H2Ow Far Can You Walk?” 5K Walkathon came from Embrace Relief’s experience working with the communities we serve. In America, our water supply is safe, clean and easily accessible. But in parts of Africa, people – usually young girls and women – must carry heavy water containers over long distances in extreme heat, often while barefoot, risking their safety and health

Addressing the crowd at a stage near the 5K’s starting line, the opening ceremony speakers stressed the urgency of reaching Embrace Relief’s 250-well goal. Councilman Solomon noted that the number of people who will be helped this year by the Fountains of Hope project (250,000) is nearly equivalent to the population of Jersey City, New Jersey’s second-largest municipality. The clean water they receive will improve and save tens of thousands of lives, boost economic and agricultural production, and give women and girls more time to pursue their education and support their families.

Embrace Relief is thankful for the many partners and sponsors who helped make the “H2Ow Far Can You Walk?” 5K Walkathon happen: partner organizations Peace Islands Institute and Sweatcoin, and sponsors Xtreme Element; Dun & Bradstreet; New Jersey District 34 Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake; and Antonio Prieto Salon