World Vision’s Global 6K for Water

World Vision’s Global 6K for Water

In many parts of Africa, women and children have to walk 6 kilometers just to get water for their families’ daily needs, water that's not always clean. That’s why over 50,000 people ran in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water on Saturday, May 4. World Vision, the No. 1 provider of clean water in Africa, uses the funds raised from these races to build wells.

Listen as host Stephen Strang shares why he joined his son Cameron and grandson, Cohen, in one of the World Vision races. Hear from the winners why it was important to run for this cause.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

In many parts of Africa, women and children have to walk 6 kilometers just to get water for their families’ daily needs, water that's not always clean. That’s why around 70,000 people ran in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water on Saturday, May 4. World Vision, the No. 1 provider of clean water in Africa, uses the funds raised from these races to build wells.

Listen as host Stephen Strang shares why he joined his son Cameron and grandson, Cohen, in one of the World Vision races. Hear from the winners why it was important to run for this cause.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: In America, we take having clean water available anytime we need it, for granted. But in many parts of the world, they don't have clean water, especially in Africa. And many have to walk as far as six kilometers to get water for the daily needs of their family. Hello, everyone, this is Stephen Strang, and welcome to the Strang Report. Today, I'm going to report on a fun run that was sponsored by World Vision, not only in the United States, but around the world. They raised a lot of money to build wells in Africa. They say that if you give $50, that will help supply one person with clean water for the rest of their lives. My son, Cameron Strang, sponsored the one in Orlando through Relevant Media Group, which is the company that he founded and my grandson, Cohen, who's nine years old, decided to run it. I was so proud of him. Of course, they contacted the grandparents about making a donation, which both my wife and I did. Colin's goal was to raise $250 and he raised about $1,500 dollars. So, he did really great. And then at the last minute, I changed my plans around and drove down to Orlando where the race was going to be. I wanted to watch my grandson run in it. Then when I got down there, I thought, Hey, I'll do it too. I was not really a participant. I didn't wear the little t-shirt. My grandson ran and walked, which actually was good for me, because I haven't been doing a lot of running lately, even though I've run 5Ks and 10Ks and even a half marathon once. But it was a lot of fun and it was for a good cause. So, after we ran the race while we were drinking water and eating some carbs and kind of getting our breath back, I interviewed my son Cameron, a little bit about the race. And then Cohen, you'll hear Cohen talk about the race. I just talked to some different people there. I thought you would find it very interesting. So, for the first time on the Strang Report, my son Cameron is on my podcast. And if you'll stay until the end of the podcast, I'll also share some other personal things.

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Over 50,000 Participate in World Vision Race for Clean Water, Including My Son, Grandson and Me

 

Stephen Strang: So how many people ran in your race?

Cameron Strang: Globally, about 70,000.

Stephen Strang: And here, what, about 50 or 75?

 

·         Listen to Charisma News Podcast: All About World Vision’s 6k for Clean Water

 

Cameron Strang: About 80 signed up, but probably about 50. I'll see how much we raised here. So, it’s been about $6,389.

Stephen Strang: So, what motivated you to organize something like this?

Cameron Strang: Well, they had been doing this last few years to raise money for clean water in Africa. We wanted to help out and raise money and hopefully our audience would get behind it. We've had fun and we’ve been talking about it for a while.

Stephen Strang: And $50 gives clean water for one person. Is that right?

Cameron Strang: And the reason why it's 6K instead of 5K is because six kilometers is the average distance women and children in the developing world have to walk each day for water. And so, when we run the race and raise money for them, then then don’t have to do that.

Stephen Strang: So, for people who want to donate later. Is it too late?

Cameron Strang: They can go to worldvision6K.org and they can donate for the next week. Cohen raised $1,454 in one day.

Stephen Strang: Well, Cohen, congratulations on running. Had you ever done that before?

Cohen Strang: No. Well, obviously I've run, but I never raced like that. Did you hear how much you raised? They announced it over there. Yeah, it was like $1,454.

Stephen Strang: That's terrific. And think of all the people that will get clean water. So it was a beautiful day here in Orlando. But we're still hot and sweaty running, aren't we?

Cohen Strang: The one thing that I really don't like is that my feet really are sore. And we obviously just had to do this the four-mile run on the first day of the year where it hits 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stephen Strang: So did your dad talk you into doing it, or was this something you were to do on your own?

Cohen Strang: My dad talked me into it.

Stephen Strang: Are you glad you did it?

Cohen Strang: Yes.

Stephen Strang: There's a good feeling that you helped all those people. There aren't many kids that run that far. There were a couple of kids in the race, but I don't know if they finished or not like you did.

Cohen Strang: So, my friend at school did a six-mile run on a field. He won several times. So, he's run six miles.

Stephen Strang: And now you can tell him that you run for miles, run and walk? Your Papa's proud of you and so is your Nana. We both contributed to a worthy cause. I only found out about this a few days ago and obviously contributed. I've contributed to some other races that Cameron has run in, usually for a fundraiser. I had some other plans this morning. But I thought, you know what, I'm going to go down and watch Cohen and encourage them out here. I ended up running myself, I didn't have one of their little orange shirts, and I didn't have a number and I didn't raise any money other than what I gave. But I've run in the past, I've not been running a lot lately. So, maybe this will get me back into running.

You can donate to World Vision if you like. As Cameron said earlier, the average person in Africa has to walk 6K every day to get clean water. And, they calculate that a $50 donation will give a person clean water for life. I guess they build pumps and different things that will sustain clean water for many years to come. So, do you have anything else you want to say?

Cameron Strang: It was great. We believe in the cause. World Vision is the No. 1 provider of clean water in Africa. So, that's why we wanted to partner with them. A lot of the organizations that you hear about doing clean water projects in Africa partner with World Vision. They are not really known for their work there, but they're the ones behind the scenes, like digging the wells and working in the communities and helping turn around communities for sustainable development. Water is the most essential thing. That's why we're behind this is this cause because when a child has to walk six kilometers to go get water, they can't go to school, they can't do homework, so they're uneducated. If we can get water in that village, the kids can get educated. The moms can do other things to help the family than have to be gone getting water all day. So, water is a huge issue, obviously health, education, everything. It affects everything. It prevents disease primarily because of bad water. So, this is a big issue and one that we want to get behind and World Vision is a great organization to partner with. So, we rallied around it and raised some money today. We raised a few thousand dollars, which is gonna help a lot of people.

Stephen Strang: Give us that website one more time where people could donate?

Cameron Strang: Worldvision6K.org.

Stephen Strang: And if they want to donate to Cohen, is that possible?

Cameron Strang: Yes, search for Cohen Strang at Worldvision6k.org. I think it's actually teamworldvision.org/participant/Cohen Strang. That's his actual page.

Stephen Strang: I'm sure that some of the listeners will be touched by the need for clean water and Africa. I encourage you to give as you were instructed earlier in the podcast.

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

In many parts of Africa, women and children have to walk 6 kilometers just to get water for their families’ daily needs, water that's not always clean. That’s why around 70,000 people ran in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water on Saturday, May 4. World Vision, the No. 1 provider of clean water in Africa, uses the funds raised from these races to build wells.

Listen as host Stephen Strang shares why he joined his son Cameron and grandson, Cohen, in one of the World Vision races. Hear from the winners why it was important to run for this cause.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: In America, we take having clean water available anytime we need it, for granted. But in many parts of the world, they don't have clean water, especially in Africa. And many have to walk as far as six kilometers to get water for the daily needs of their family. Hello, everyone, this is Stephen Strang, and welcome to the Strang Report. Today, I'm going to report on a fun run that was sponsored by World Vision, not only in the United States, but around the world. They raised a lot of money to build wells in Africa. They say that if you give $50, that will help supply one person with clean water for the rest of their lives. My son, Cameron Strang, sponsored the one in Orlando through Relevant Media Group, which is the company that he founded and my grandson, Cohen, who's nine years old, decided to run it. I was so proud of him. Of course, they contacted the grandparents about making a donation, which both my wife and I did. Colin's goal was to raise $250 and he raised about $1,500 dollars. So, he did really great. And then at the last minute, I changed my plans around and drove down to Orlando where the race was going to be. I wanted to watch my grandson run in it. Then when I got down there, I thought, Hey, I'll do it too. I was not really a participant. I didn't wear the little t-shirt. My grandson ran and walked, which actually was good for me, because I haven't been doing a lot of running lately, even though I've run 5Ks and 10Ks and even a half marathon once. But it was a lot of fun and it was for a good cause. So, after we ran the race while we were drinking water and eating some carbs and kind of getting our breath back, I interviewed my son Cameron, a little bit about the race. And then Cohen, you'll hear Cohen talk about the race. I just talked to some different people there. I thought you would find it very interesting. So, for the first time on the Strang Report, my son Cameron is on my podcast. And if you'll stay until the end of the podcast, I'll also share some other personal things.

 

·         Read the Strang Report: Over 50,000 Participate in World Vision Race for Clean Water, Including My Son, Grandson and Me

 

Stephen Strang: So how many people ran in your race?

Cameron Strang: Globally, about 70,000.

Stephen Strang: And here, what, about 50 or 75?

 

·         Listen to Charisma News Podcast: All About World Vision’s 6k for Clean Water

 

Cameron Strang: About 80 signed up, but probably about 50. I'll see how much we raised here. So, it’s been about $6,389.

Stephen Strang: So, what motivated you to organize something like this?

Cameron Strang: Well, they had been doing this last few years to raise money for clean water in Africa. We wanted to help out and raise money and hopefully our audience would get behind it. We've had fun and we’ve been talking about it for a while.

Stephen Strang: And $50 gives clean water for one person. Is that right?

Cameron Strang: And the reason why it's 6K instead of 5K is because six kilometers is the average distance women and children in the developing world have to walk each day for water. And so, when we run the race and raise money for them, then then don’t have to do that.

Stephen Strang: So, for people who want to donate later. Is it too late?

Cameron Strang: They can go to worldvision6K.org and they can donate for the next week. Cohen raised $1,454 in one day.

Stephen Strang: Well, Cohen, congratulations on running. Had you ever done that before?

Cohen Strang: No. Well, obviously I've run, but I never raced like that. Did you hear how much you raised? They announced it over there. Yeah, it was like $1,454.

Stephen Strang: That's terrific. And think of all the people that will get clean water. So it was a beautiful day here in Orlando. But we're still hot and sweaty running, aren't we?

Cohen Strang: The one thing that I really don't like is that my feet really are sore. And we obviously just had to do this the four-mile run on the first day of the year where it hits 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stephen Strang: So did your dad talk you into doing it, or was this something you were to do on your own?

Cohen Strang: My dad talked me into it.

Stephen Strang: Are you glad you did it?

Cohen Strang: Yes.

Stephen Strang: There's a good feeling that you helped all those people. There aren't many kids that run that far. There were a couple of kids in the race, but I don't know if they finished or not like you did.

Cohen Strang: So, my friend at school did a six-mile run on a field. He won several times. So, he's run six miles.

Stephen Strang: And now you can tell him that you run for miles, run and walk? Your Papa's proud of you and so is your Nana. We both contributed to a worthy cause. I only found out about this a few days ago and obviously contributed. I've contributed to some other races that Cameron has run in, usually for a fundraiser. I had some other plans this morning. But I thought, you know what, I'm going to go down and watch Cohen and encourage them out here. I ended up running myself, I didn't have one of their little orange shirts, and I didn't have a number and I didn't raise any money other than what I gave. But I've run in the past, I've not been running a lot lately. So, maybe this will get me back into running.

You can donate to World Vision if you like. As Cameron said earlier, the average person in Africa has to walk 6K every day to get clean water. And, they calculate that a $50 donation will give a person clean water for life. I guess they build pumps and different things that will sustain clean water for many years to come. So, do you have anything else you want to say?

Cameron Strang: It was great. We believe in the cause. World Vision is the No. 1 provider of clean water in Africa. So, that's why we wanted to partner with them. A lot of the organizations that you hear about doing clean water projects in Africa partner with World Vision. They are not really known for their work there, but they're the ones behind the scenes, like digging the wells and working in the communities and helping turn around communities for sustainable development. Water is the most essential thing. That's why we're behind this is this cause because when a child has to walk six kilometers to go get water, they can't go to school, they can't do homework, so they're uneducated. If we can get water in that village, the kids can get educated. The moms can do other things to help the family than have to be gone getting water all day. So, water is a huge issue, obviously health, education, everything. It affects everything. It prevents disease primarily because of bad water. So, this is a big issue and one that we want to get behind and World Vision is a great organization to partner with. So, we rallied around it and raised some money today. We raised a few thousand dollars, which is gonna help a lot of people.

Stephen Strang: Give us that website one more time where people could donate?

Cameron Strang: Worldvision6K.org.

Stephen Strang: And if they want to donate to Cohen, is that possible?

Cameron Strang: Yes, search for Cohen Strang at Worldvision6k.org. I think it's actually teamworldvision.org/participant/Cohen Strang. That's his actual page.

Stephen Strang: I'm sure that some of the listeners will be touched by the need for clean water and Africa. I encourage you to give as you were instructed earlier in the podcast.

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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