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SUSTAINABLE WATER
(2007-04-25)
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THE UPCOMING FIFTH THIRD RIVER BANK RUN HAS EVEN MORE OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION THIS YEAR. IT INVOLVES TWO EXPERIENCED RUNNERS FROM THE AFRICAN NATION OF KENYA AND A PROJECT THEY'RE SUPPORTING BACK HOME. DANIEL KOMEN AND LUKE KIBET WILL DONATE THEIR WINNINGS TO SUPPLYING CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO THEIR VILLAGE-LONG WITHOUT A NEARBY SOURCE. IN TANDEM WITH THE GROUP PARTNERS WORLDWIDE, THE GOAL IS TO PROVIDE NOT ONLY A CENTRAL CHLORINATION FACILITY, BUT ALSO TO MAKE WATER AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN REMOTE AREAS. PARTNERS MEMBER DENNY HOEKSTRA, VETERAN OF SEVERAL VISITS TO KENYA, SAYS GETTING WATER NOW MEANS A LONG, BACKBREAKING TRIP TO A RIVER THAT CAN TAKE MOST OF THE DAY. BUT THE RIVER WATER IS UNFIT FOR CONSUMPTION, SO IT MUST BE BOLIED OVER A WOOD FIRE. AND THAT IS SLOWLY DEPLETING TREES IN THE VILLAGE. DRINKING POLLUTED WATER MAKES THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SICK EVERY YEAR FROM DISEASES INCLUDING CHOLERA, TYPHOID AND DYSENTERY. THE FIFTH THIRD RUN IS MAY 12.


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