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The need for clean, safe water
Can you imagine living in a world where water is a luxury? Imagine having to walk miles to secure
water every day, only to discover it is unsafe to drink? Imagine a world where your daily drinking
water makes you sick, and even death is a possibility. Imagine your daughter being robbed of normal
school life, because her priority has to be collecting water for the family.
These facts are happening today all over Africa. As a society we have an opportunity to do
something about it.
Every $1 provides clean water to one person for five years – make your donation now.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 829 000 people die each year from diarrhoea
as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation and hand hygiene. This is unacceptable, and together
we can do something about it.
These sobering facts are heartbreaking, so I have committed my life to doing something about it -
which is why I created Run4Humanity, a not-for-profit organization (501C3 status) , with the sole aim
of raising funds for water purification systems in Africa.
In 2025 I will run the length of Africa, some 13000 kilometres (8000 miles) through 19 countries. I
will be accompanied by a team bringing water filters and the education on how and why to use
them. We will give to millions of people access to clean and safe water.
Before that, in 2024, I will run through villages in Fiji, and indigenous communities in Australia, who
also need access to clean and safe water.
Read more about my runs here.
The need for donations
But we need your support to make it happen. Your donations will buy the filters, and enable me and
the support crew to deliver them to the needy communities. The filters are approved by the WHO,
and make the water 100% safe to drink. Together we can change the situation and bring water to
Every 1 USD$ that you donate will provide clean water for 1 person for at least 5 years – that’s just
20 cents a year for life-changing clean water. Where else could just 20 cents make such a
Your donation will also educate communities of the crucial importance of safe water. We show the
communities how to maintain their filters, so that they never need repairs.
Together we can live in a world where fresh water is seen as a basic human right, not a luxury.
Together, we can make a change, one kilometre at a time!
Your donation is appreciated.
About the founder
My name is Veronique Bourbeau. Back in 2008, I was just looking for a way to exercise between
raising kids and working. I catapulted from being a novice jogger on an old treadmill to completing
marathons to winning ultra-marathons to running across entire countries in just over 10 years.
Now, I am on a quest to run the length of the African continent, taking a route through villages in
need of clean and safe water. This run will be over 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) across 19
The run will change the life of millions and will create a new Guinness World Record for
the first female to run the length of Africa.
On behalf of those whose lives you are changing, thank you for your support.