The “Walk for Living Water 2022” virtual walkathon, co-organized by Amity Foundation (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Water Supplies Department, was successfully held from July 18 to August 21, 2022. More than 200 participants, churches, groups and corporations in Hong Kong, Britain, Canada, and Germany supported and walked more than 3.2 million steps, which is equivalent to 2,500 kilometers, in this event!
This year’s Walk was conceived in line with the principles of the “World Water Day” and “Sustainable Development Goals”. Although it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw active participation and warm support from many friends and volunteers, as well as institutions and organizations, including Fujifilm Business Innovation Hong Kong Ltd., Ten Pao Group Holdings Ltd., Tseung Kwan O Desalination Plant, Church of the Good Shepherd, and SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School.
Thanks to the virtual nature of the event, participants were free to decide the time and place for their own challenges during the event period. In addition to the classic 1-day walk category for individual and team walkers, a new 7-day walk category was added this year for the more adventurous-minded challengers.
The event saw some walkers achieving more than 110,000 steps in the 7-day challenge, with some even achieving 80,000 steps in the 1-day challenge!
To date, Amity’s Living Water Campaign has raised a total of HK$105,000. The raised funds will be used to support education on water conservation and environmental protection, as well as the construction of water and sanitation facilities for areas in need. Water projects funded by last year’s Walk have been completed in 2022, benefitting around 6000 students and villagers in Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
Through the Living Water Campaign and the Walk for Living Water, Amity encourages the public to exercise and maintain physical and mental health, while calling on all to cherish and contribute to providing sustainable water resources to people in need.