Mayor, Olympian and hundreds more walk and run for clean water

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  • 500 participants
  • $50,000 raised nationally
Mom, Winfred, helps baby Damian drink clean water from solar-powered pump in Kenya.
(May 08, 2017)


Team World Vision will be hosting the world’s largest 6K Walk for Water in Richmond Hill. With over 500 participants from the GTA in attendance and over $50,000 raised nationally, this run will be full of energy and participants determined to make a difference no matter what their age, ability or personal circumstances.


Richmond Hill Mayor – Dave Barrow 
Richmond Hill Counsellor – Castro Liu
Vaughn Counsellor – Sandra Yeung
York Region School Trustees – Billy Pang (Unionville), Allan Tam (Stouffville)
Olympic Gold Medalist – Tera Van Beilen to hand out finishing medals
Hundreds of participants from the GTA belonging to five local churches
  • World War II veteran, and former Child Labourer
  • Pat Foto, Mother of the late Alex Foto, a passionate youth who initiated a Water Walk for World Vision, before the 6k became a global phenomenon
  • 8-year-old boy passionate and knowledgeable about world water facts
  • Clown running alongside participants

Saturday, May 6th, 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – Media Interviews with Mayor, Counsellors and Select Participants/Registration for Participants 
9:45 a.m. – Welcome Rally
10:00 a.m. – Race Starts
11:30 a.m. – Post Race Rally


Richmond Green Sports Centre,1300 Elgin Mills Rd., Richmond Hill


Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages and abilities
Olympian handing out medals to finishers
City Council Members participating in race 
Richmond Hill Mayor 

  • Globally more than 660 million people do not have clean water access. 
  • Each day, nearly 1,000 children under age five die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
  • 6K is the average distance women and children in the developing world walk to find water.
  • Every $50 registration provides clean water to one person
  • Over 15,000 participants in over 15 countries will be participating in the 6K Global Walk for Water
  • Over 1,000 participants in Canada from coast to coast

Global 6K  

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