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May 11: Manitoulin Water Walk promotes respect for water and care for earth

A symbolic 12-hour walk is taking place on Manitoulin Island on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Manitoulin Secondary School students, staff and members of the community will walk an epic 60 kilometres to promote respect for water and care for earth.

The Manitoulin Water Walk is being organized by Manitoulin Secondary School’s SHARE/Go Green Committee. SHARE stands for Students Helping All ‘Round Everywhere and the Water Walk is the latest of many youth-led initiatives.

“Students want to raise awareness about the importance of protecting water and they wanted to do this in a strong show of solidarity,” says Manitoulin Secondary School Principal Jamie Mohamed.

He adds: “Participants have been gathering water from all over Manitoulin Island and will be carrying it with them on their journey. They are also fundraising through pledges with proceeds going to support clean water projects around the world through WE.org.”

Participants will start the walk at 6 am from Misery Bay and from Wikwemikong. They will walk to M’Chigeeng, culminating in a feast at Manitoulin Secondary School at approximately 6:30 pm. Participants can be part of a relay team or solo walkers for the whole route or for part of the route.

Organizations and individuals can support the Manitoulin Water Walk in many ways:

  • Walk with students starting at 6 am at Misery Bay and 6 am at the Wikwemikong Marina.
  • Contribute to and attend the Potluck Feast.
  • Donate to WE Walk for Water through cheques payable to Manitoulin Secondary School – SHARE / Go Green or through the Crowdrise page at the link below.
  • Promote the event on Facebook by sharing the following link: http://bit.ly/H2OWalk

Route for Water Walk – West on Saturday, May 11, 2019

TimeDistanceShort Break
6 am0 kmMisery Bay and Highway 540
9 am15 kmEvansville
11 am25 kmBarrie Island Corner
12:30 pm31.5 kmGore Bay OPP
2 pm39 kmIce Lake Road
4 pm48.5 kmOld Esso
5:15 pm55 kmMiddle of Billings Stretch
6:30 pm62.3 kmManitoulin Secondary School

Route for Water Walk – East on Saturday, May 11, 2019

TimeDistanceShort Break
6 am0 kmBeach Road, Wikwemikong Marina
8 am9 kmBuzwah Church
9:45 am19 kmManitowaning
11:15 pm26 kmBidwell Stop 1
3 pm44 kmBidwell Stop 2
5 pm55 kmCup and Saucer
6:30 pm61 kmManitoulin Secondary School

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.

WE Walk for Water - Donation Page