7th Annual Walk for Water to Support The Samburu Project

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Santa Monica nonprofit The Samburu Project celebrates Earth Day with Annual Fundraising Walk

I am so gratified that our organization has grown to include virtual walking teams around the country and Europe, showing global support for our work in Kenya. - Linda Hooper Executive Director, The Samburu Project

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 8am to 11am, the South Bay and surrounding communities will come together to support The Samburu Project’s 7th Annual Walk for Water & Pancake Breakfast event. This family-friendly event will focus on the drought that affects both Kenya and California and will educate ways in which people can make a difference, locally and globally.

The Walk for Water will take place along a 4-mile loop from Hermosa Beach Pier to Manhattan Beach Pier and back, beginning and ending at American Junkie Restaurant, located at 68 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA. Hosted by Actress Rosa Blasi, star of Nickelodeon’s The Thunderman’s and special guest India Williams, Miss Santa Monica 2016. Families, local service clubs, students and local business teams participate in support of the event. Participants will receive pledges from supporters and walk 4 miles along the beautiful and famous seaside strand. Metropolitan Water District’s Kids’ Corner will highlight water issues around the globe and right here at home, inspiring our youth and their families to take action by becoming water conservationists. The walk will culminate with a hearty breakfast and raffle at American Junkie. Registration fee is $40 (student, family and team registrations vary).

While this is the 7th annual event, The Samburu Project is excited to have added satellite walking-teams that will be joining the event virtually. Teams in San Francisco, CA; Atlanta, GA; Marian, IA; Haverhill, MA; Detroit, MI; Stamford, CT; Brooklyn and North Salem, New York as well as London, United Kingdom and Nairobi, Kenya will be “walking so others don’t have to.”

"As the new Executive Director of The Samburu Project, I am so gratified that our organization has grown to include virtual walking teams around the country and beyond, showing global support for our work in the Samburu region of Kenya. In addition to our loyal walkers in Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches, we have added teams from London to Nairobi, to Brooklyn, Atlanta, San Francisco and 6 other U.S. locations. A spotlight is beginning to illuminate the challenges that women and girls face in the developing world as they are the ones tasked with procuring water. The 83 wells The Samburu Project has drilled since 2005 are effecting real change in the lives of women and girls in Kenya. Our supporters share a vision that with clean water, a life out of poverty is within reach; and they are putting their feet to work to make it happen.” Commented Linda Hooper, The Samburu Project Executive Director.

Sponsors and supporters of The Samburu Project’s Walk for Water are; the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Team Tutors; Whole Foods; Juice Crafters; American Junkie; Mike Rossi of NW Real Estate Brokers; Fit-On Studios; DDHPR; CurlyKids HairCare; Crown Diva Boutique & Pageant Academy; and JOL Design.

For additional information please contact Kiki Swanson, Project Coordinator at The Samburu Project, 310.881.7265, Kiki(at)thesamburuproject(dot)org. For media requests and press inquiries please contact Delia Douglas, DDHPR 424.272.0442 delia(at)ddhpr(dot)com.

Since it’s inception in 2005, The Samburu Project has drilled 83 wells, providing clean, safe drinking water to over 80,000 people in Samburu, Kenya. For more information visit http://www.thesamburuproject.org

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