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The fifth annual Water Missions International Walk for Water was a truly inspiring event. A massive crowd of all ages and from all walks of life turned out to Cannon Park on Saturday, March 19 in support of the clean water needs of developing countries and disaster victims worldwide. The weather was gorgeous, and those who attended enjoyed the opening ceremonies and a wonderful performance of the national anthem by Tony Burke before the official start of the race.

Children enjoyed face painting and informative coloring activities while adults mingled or perused the various booths set up in the park. A number of frisky canine companions were also on sight, and they were happy to be out in the perfect spring temperatures.

Soon it was time for the walk to begin, and everyone grabbed one of the white buckets lining the starting line. Each participant carried a pail throughout the 3 mile walk to symbolize the distance Haitians are forced to walk to find clean drinking water.

It was a beautiful, thought-provoking morning for all who attended, and many found themselves thinking about Water Missions International’s cause for a long while afterwards.

Water Missions International is a nonprofit, Christian organization serving the water and sanitation needs of people in developing countries and disaster areas.