The annual Villages in Partnership Water Walk is a team fundraising event where, after a symbolic walk through downtown Allentown carrying buckets of water, team members take turns walking around the Allentown High School track. Team members collect pledges to raise money for development projects in Malawi. The Water Walk is a great time for the whole family with a barbecue, live music and the chance to come together as a community to change the lives of people in need.
The VIP Water Walk is our signature fundraiser. The event is designed to raise awareness and funds for access to safe water for our friends in Malawi. 100% of all funds raised through the Water Walk go directly to the villages for life-changing, sustainable development projects, which help alleviate the daily challenges of survival.
Frequently Asked Questions
The walk is split into different legs. Do I have to walk every leg?
No. In fact, this year’s Water Walk will be shorter than previous years’, with only 2 legs. Each team will walk during one of the legs and eat dinner during the other. Each individual team member typically walks during the opening and closing ceremonies and the leg to which their whole team is assigned.
Can my kids join me on the walk?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to participate, including kids. All kids under the age of 14, however, must be accompanied by an adult.
What are my responsibilities as a participant?
As a participant, you will be asked to raise $200 and participate in the Water Walk event.
Your team leader will email you the link to the online Water Walk fundraising page, which you will use to collect online donations. You will also need to collect any offline donations (checks/cash) from sponsors in the green envelope provided to you. You must return this envelope, along with your completed registration/sponsor form to VIP on the day of the event. Checks should be made out to “Villages in Partnership.” Each participant that raises at least $200 will receive a VIP Water Walk t-shirt!
Why are we walking?
We are walking to raise funds for the people of Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest countries on earth with an annual gross national income of just $650 per person. Villages in Partnership works in 26 villages in an impoverished region of Malawi called Sakata. We are dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty in the villages of Malawi.
Where will the funds go?
100% of all money raised during the Water Walk will be sent to Malawi to support clean water projects and other sustainable development initiatives. Villages in Partnership is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.
Water Walk 2018