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Water Walk: Two-miler at Duquesne to Represent the Thirsty Trek of 1.1 Billion People

An annual walk to call attention to the global water crisis will take place on Duquesne University's campus.

Participants in the two-mile walk that will loop Duquesne's campus twice calls attention to the plight of more than 1.1 billion people worldwide, mostly women and children, who walk approximately two miles for water each day. In Africa alone, people spend more than 40 billion hours a year walking to get water for their survival, says Luci-Jo DiMaggio, director of mission animation in Duquesne's Division of Mission and Identity.

The event also will be a fundraiser for Pure Thirst, an organization started by a Duquesne student to bring clean water to underserved communities around the world. Pure Thirst already has completed projects in Honduras and is planning to assist a community in Tanzania in the next year.

When: Sunday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Outside the Duquesne University Union on Academic Walk

Registration: Participants are encouraged to register online in advance for the event, sponsored in collaboration with Duquesne's Center for Engaged Teaching and Research, though registration will be available on site. Registration is $10 and includes a free reusable water bottle and pizza for lunch.

Information: Contact Matt Burnett, founder of Pure Thirst, at matt@purethirst.org.

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