We recently lent a helping hand to a charity fundraiser walking from John O’Groats to Lands End carrying 20 litres of water.
On 4th July Ollie Mason began his challenging trek, which he’s aiming to do in 60 days, carrying 20 litres of water unaided on his head and upper body. His challenge is all in aid of emulating the struggle faced by millions of people who are forced to walk huge distances to collect their daily water needs.
“We take water for granted. After all it’s just a matter of turning a tap. But elsewhere in the world water is a luxury. And access to a well or borehole is a godsend. With thousands of children still dying from water-related diseases every day people think they can’t make a difference. But they can! It takes just £1.00 to provide a child with clean, safe water for 10 years when they are at their most vulnerable.”
And if walking for over 180 miles carrying 20 litres of water isn’t enough, Ollie took his jerry can on a detour up Ben Nevis on Friday 13 July. He described the detour as “one of the most exhausting and frightening experiences of my life”.
“If I’m honest I’m scared of heights so it wasn’t the weight I was carrying that worried me on the way up. But it was an exhilarating experience and I’ll never ever forget the breathtaking landscape, amazing views or the herd of deer who followed me along part of my journey.”
Through the challenge Ollie is hoping to raise funds for a number of charities including Oxfam. You can take a look at his Water Run page here.
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