Snohomish, WA, October 01, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Over 150 people participated in the first Snohomish Well Run event held Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Snohomish Sports Institute. Proceeds from the cost of the run, donations, and ticket sales for onsite games provided enough capital to purchase three hand-drilled wells through World Vision USA.
Participants were encouraged to walk or run the course while carrying a gallon container of water, symbolizing the challenges faced by the majority of people in third world countries. According to World Vision, nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
The Snohomish event was created and organized by thirteen year old Sarah Himple. Five years ago Sarah learned about water conservation at school and the shortages overseas. Sarah and her parents researched World Vision and discovered tangible ways to help families in Africa.
In five years, Sarah raised money through garage sale concession, pet-sitting, and other odd jobs. She has donated her allowance, birthday and Christmas money. As of today, Sarah has purchased two chickens, two goats, one sheep, one pig, one alpaca, one cow, and a well. Because of the Snohomish Well Run, she will purchase three more wells.
Sarah Himple is already looking forward to the next Snohomish Well Run in 2016. Her current life goal is to raise enough money for 100 wells.
“Today, over a billion people all over the world don’t have access to safe and clean water supplies – that’s about 1 in every 6 people.” – Sarah Himple
Local sponsors of the Snohomish Well Run included: Mountain View Community Church, Keller Williams, Snohomish State Farm Insurance, Snohomish Sports Institute, North Sound Physical Therapy, Road ID, World Vision, Excelerate Sport, and Design Laboratory.
For more information about the Snohomish Well Run, visit snohomishwellrun.com.