Darch family raises awareness for World Vision’s Global 6K for Water

Shabniz Raheeman and her family.
Shabniz Raheeman and her family.

A DARCH family is helping children in struggling countries have access to clean water through World Vision’s Global 6K for Water walk in Bassendean.

Shabniz Raheeman, her husband and three children are among nine family members who will be taking part in the walk on May 11 at 3.30pm.

The walk will start on the corner of Old Perth Road and Parker Street.

People from across the world walk or run 6km in their neighbourhoods to bring clean water to children in need.

The official date of the international walk is on May 4.

 

Ms Raheeman said her family resonated with a story on World Vision’s website about a five-year-old girl, Cheru, who drank contaminated water which made her sick, threatened her education and limited her family’s income.

“I saw Cheru’s story and I started to chat to my children about this,” she said.

“They were actually shocked that little children as young as five are not able to access clean drinking water.

“Children are visual learners, so I filled up two bottles of water, one containing nutmeg to give the dirty water affect and the other normal clean drinking water.

“I asked them which one would they choose and all three children pointed to the clean water bottle.

“I went on to explain to them that most of the children do not have a choice and therefore, drinking the contaminated water lead to many children being sick and not having the adequate health care as we do here.

“They were so touched by this so they asked what we can do…I told them about the 6K and they loved it.”

She said she might take her dog, Tank to the event.

She has started a funding page, with the goal of raising $200 ahead of the walk.

“As a parent my heart goes out to those parents who watch their children suffer and fall ill,” she said.

“Furthermore, this will hopefully teach my children to think outside of themselves and become a changemaker.”

For information, visit the family’s walk page or the event page.

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