After the World Vision Global 6K for Water, The Race Isn’t Over. Be the Change
It’s been over a month since I first signed up for the World Vision Global 6K for Water. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re making a difference. The impact of running 3.72 miles for GOOD has been an incredible journey for me personally. Always struggling with running for exercise and accomplishing my dream of completing a half marathon – it doesn’t seem so out of reach now. And though the finish line has been crossed, the race isn’t over. I’m taking the impact this race has had on my life and doing something with it. Find out how World Vision and my family are impacting the world together long after the World Vision Global 6K for Water and how you can make a difference. Let’s Be the Change.
Winning the Race
I’ve run a few races over the years. I never forget the moment when I cross that finish line. It’s a flood of emotions – exhaustion, relief, joy, sadness, contentment, hope. Of all of the races I’ve ever participated in, the World Vision Global 6K for Water Campaign has personally impacted me the most. It was more than burning lungs and sore legs. It was more than helping out a cause that was dear to my heart. It was a huge mental battle – that every time I wanted to quit, I was reminded of how many little children do this everyday, and they never even have the option to quit. This is their daily lives – carrying heavy jugs of dirty water 6 kilometers every single day just so they could survive, LIVE. How could I ever allow myself to complain about running 3.72 miles ever again? I can’t. Days after the Global 6K for Water, my mindset is completely different. I know I’ve been impacted. I know that I am changed.
But Now What?
Maybe you weren’t able to participate in the 6K for Water this year. Maybe you have but not sure what to do next. The Global 6K for Water is one race, once a year. But the race, the REAL race isn’t over. World Vision does so much more than impact clean water initiatives. The World Vision Sponsored Child Program is one of my personal favorite charities that we support all year every year – and it keeps that mentality going, beyond just clean water but for life.
Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Depending on each community’s needs, a sponsored child—and his or her entire community—benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, as well as healthcare clinics and immunizations. The goal of World Vision sponsorship is to help your sponsored child and his or her community to break the cycle of poverty so they can step into the future with hope. Throughout an approximately 15-year involvement in communities, World Vision manages, monitors, and evaluates progress toward the community’s goals. When these goals are met, World Vision can move on to other communities to serve other children in need of help.
Our family has been sponsoring a World Vision child for almost 13 years. But now, our family wants to add another child, thanks to the impact the Global 6K for Water has had on us.
Be the Change – Sponsor a World Vision Child
Keep that fire going. Sponsor a World Vision Child and take that change you feel and the impact you have to make it bigger. It’s easier than ever to get involved and make a difference. Here’s how:
- Search. Find a child that you want to sponsor. Look forward to the first letter from your child within 6-12 weeks. It’s the start of a one-on-one relationship, and a fuller life for both of you.
- Give. Your gift impacts more than just your sponsored child, but their entire community. Your donation combines with gifts from all other sponsors who support kids in the same area. Translation? Long-term resources for everyone!
- Impact. Your donations are worth more than the monetary value. Children don’t get direct cash benefits. Better yet, our staff creates a sustainable plan for funds that keeps communities out of poverty, even once we’ve moved on to help friends living in another area.
- Connect. The My World Vision digital experience lets you get regular updates, track community progress, and view photos of your child. You can even send them a letter through email. Send and receive handwritten letters, drawings, pictures in the mail.
Sponsoring a child is a personal, long-term way to get involved with World Vision and to show love to a child in need. It’s a way to stay connected and keep that high going, long after the World Vision Global 6K for Water is completed. Your sponsorship impacts more than just one child. It impacts a community. Your giving is more than just dollar for dollar. Every $1 donated equals $1.30 in impact, thanks to grants and product donations. It’s a win-win.
The race isn’t over, folks. We can still make a difference. Those little children can have more than just clean water. They can have YOU. After the World Vision Global 6K for Water, be the change. Sponsor a World Vision Child today and keep that feeling going throughout the year. And be sure to follow World Vision via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more sponsorship opportunities, impact news, plus more ways to give back and make a difference.