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Pembina Trails Students to Walk for Water

June 7, 2013 7:39 AM | News

Water TapStudents from all four Pembina Trails high schools will walk to the Manitoba legislature on June 10 in the first ever Water Walk.

About 1,500 students are taking part to bring awareness to the issue of clean and accessible drinking water for residents in Northern Manitoba’s remote communities.

“It is inconceivable that everyone in Manitoba is not treated equally,” said Shafagh Daneshfar, student and president of the Free the Children Club for Fort Richmond Collegiate.

“It is inconceivable that, because of where you live, you are more open to disease because of parasites in the water, no clean water to even bathe in, let alone drink.”

Free the Children ambassador Spencer West is also supporting the walk. West, a double amputee hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for clean drinking water in Kenya.

Students will begin the trek from Vincent Massey Collegiate at 10:15 a.m., with the walk expected to arrive at the legislature at noon. A rally on the grounds will follow.