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Runners, walkers raise money for water insecurity

Providing safe, clean drinking water to families in Africa. That's what one local non–profit is hoping to do.

Providing safe, clean drinking water to families in Africa.

That's what one local non–profit is hoping to do.

On Saturday Wells 4 Wellness held their third 5k run/walk and relay event.

Because of flooding, the race was moved to the Moline water plant.

The relay demonstrates how women in Africa travel long distances to get fresh water for their families.

Organizers say the event gives the Quad Cities a global perspective.

"The people of Niger don't have contaminated water they die more of dehydration because it's a desert,” said Pat Hearth, Chairman of Wells 4 Wellness. “There's a big body of water two football stadiums below the surface and so we're building the wells. When you put a well in the village it changes the entire lifestyle of a family."

Last year the group raised about $10,000. For more information on how to help, head to www.wells4wellness.com

 

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