January 22nd, 2021

Water run brings people together to help Kenya

By Mo Cranker on October 11, 2016.

The runners were quick out of the gate at Saturday's Water Run held at the Downtown YMCA. The run is held annually to raise money for Nehemiah Construction Ministries to drill water wells in Northern Kenya. --NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER


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Medicine Hat’s annual Water Run took place Saturday morning at the Downtown YMCA.

It was the seventh year for the run, which has a goal of raising $50,000 annually for Nehemiah Construction Ministries to drill water wells in Northern Kenya.

One of Saturday’s runners was 71-year-old Russell Scherer who said events like the Water Run allow him to give to and bring awareness for those less fortunate.

“You see people in other parts of the world drinking water we here in Canada wouldn’t even bathe in,” he said. “I’ve come to this event six times now and I’ll keep coming until I can no longer run, the money and awareness brought are too important.”

Founder of Nehemiah Construction, Dave McElhinney, said the run is the organization’s biggest fundraiser each year and has helped build 41 wells in Northern Kenya so far, serving over 100,000 people.

“By supporting this event, people allow us to bring clean water to those who would just not have it otherwise,” he said.

More than 225 runners came out to this year’s event, taking on three, five and 10 kilometre courses.

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