Event Day Information for May 11, "A Walk for Water"

Event Day Information for “A Walk For Water”
Saturday, May 11, 2013
9 am - 1 pm
Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD

Thank you for your participation in “A Walk For Water.” Our collaborative walk will raise awareness for the plight of children and families who live in the Azawak region of West Africa.  For them, finding water is a daily struggle. The funds we raise will support the work of Amman Imman: Water is Life a nonprofit organization that has been building permanent and sustainable water sources in the Azawak since 2006. You can find out more at www.ammanimman.org.

1.     Schedule
Please arrive at 9 am!  We have an expo planned between 9 am and 10 am that you won’t want to miss!  The activities include a Friendship Exchange display, a Global Water Discovery Expedition, Pledge for Water and  “A Walk With Water”.  We’ll also have live music and an indigenous craft and jewelry sale during that hour. Our partners, the Reel Water Film Festival and the Oneness-Family School, will be on hand as well.

The opening ceremony will begin at 10 am, and the walk will commence by 10:30 am.  Following completion of the 3 mile walk, you will return to the expo.  Students will receive a certificate of completion, and you can continue to browse our partner tables; the jewelry, crafts, and other merchandise; and engage in the activities until 1 pm.

2.     Location and Parking
The expo, opening ceremony, and starting point for the walk will be at the fire ring area around the giant sycamore tree at the Locust Grove Nature Center at 7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD. Parking will be available in the upper parking lot of the Indoor Tennis court facility which is adjacent to the nature center.  Signs in the parking lot will guide you to the event area.  For directions please refer to this google map.

3. Check-in and On-site Registration, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Everyone must check-in when they arrive.  If you haven’t registered in advance, we will ask you to fill out a registration form.  Checks, cash and credit card will be accepted for the fee: $15/adult, $10/student. Children under 6 years old will be admitted free.  If you ordered a t-shirt before April 29, you can pick it up.  Additional shirts will be on sale for $12. Checks should be made payable to: “Amman Imman”.

Online registration will remain open until 12 noon on May 10 via our FirstGiving page, http://www.firstgiving.com/ammanimman/a-walk-for-water-2013-locust-grove.

If you’ve collected sponsorship monies, please bring them to the Check-in/Registration table.  If you want to continue raising funds after the event, please do! 

4.  Supervision, Health and Safety
A parent or supervising adult is responsible for the supervision and safety of their group along the trail.  We aim for the walk to be fun and engaging.  However, please note that you walk at your own risk.

To promote health, safety and enjoyment, please remember to bring a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, sun glasses, a small backpack to carry snacks, and allergy medicine if you need it. Cover your body appropriately for protection from ticks and mosquitos.  Sturdy shoes and an extra pair of socks will keep your feet happy and your walk fun. A rain jacket might be needed in the event of wet weather.

Two portable toilets are available for your convenience. One will be in the expo area, and one will be along the route.

5.  The Path
The trail is unpaved and wooded. It is not appropriate for strollers. Slow walkers may need two hours or more to hike.  The designated trail route will be marked with “A Walk For Water” signs. A route map will be available at the Check-In Table.   

On the trail, students will embark on a “Global Water Discovery Expedition”. When they arrive at the event, they will be given a questionnaire about the global water crisis and water scarcity in the Azawak region. As they walk along the trail, they will find the answers on information signs posted along the route.

6.  What to leave at home
Please leave your roller blades and bicycles at home. If you bring your pet, please keep him/her on a leash.

7.  Snacks, water and food
Walking on a warm day and a long distance requires adequate water and food.  Please bring enough water and snacks to keep you and your family energized and hydrated. We will have some donated snacks and water from Mom’s, Ize’s bagels and Starbucks, but we can’t guarantee that there will be enough for everyone. You are welcome to stay after the walk and have a picnic in the park with your family.

8.  Litter and recycling
We want to keep the fire-ring area and park trails clean and natural. Please take out what you bring in and contain your personal belongings. We ask that you plan to recycle your own bottles and cans.  Let’s keep this event as green as possible!

9.  Rain or Shine
This event will take place, rain or shine.

When you are finished collecting your donations, please send them to: 
Amman Imman: Water is Life
7036 Strathmore Street, #111
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(240) 418-1143


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