US Department of StateWASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Not letting the recent events in Boston dry up efforts to “walk for water,” The U.S. Department of State will host the third Annual 6K Walk for Water at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, as part of the Department’s Earth Day celebrations. Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy will kick off the event by delivering remarks outside the Department’s 21st Street entrance near the corner of Virginia Avenue NW.

The Annual 6K Walk for Water is organized to acknowledge the millions of people in the developing world, most often women and girls, who walk an average of six kilometers per day to collect water for their families. The task of collecting water keeps children out of school and prevents women from engaging in other, more productive economic activities. The event also recognizes that clean water resources are essential for a healthy planet and have widespread implications for the global environment, health, economy, food security, and gender equity.

The event is open to the public. Interested participants can register for the walk by emailing:

Water will be provided free of charge at the halfway point by the Embassy of Sweden.