#2015AWFW Event Day Information

A Walk for Water 2015 is finally here! Thank you to everyone for donating, following or participating. We are very excited for Saturday! 

Today we received confirmation that the newly-named Ambassador of Niger, Her Excellency Professor Hassana Alidou, will be one of our special guests! 

We are also delighted to welcome notable Nigerien fashion designer Alphadi, known as "Magician of the Desert," as another one of our speakers.

On behalf of the children and families in the Azawak of West Africa, everyone at Amman Imman thanks you for your support. We are especially grateful to all the volunteers, partners and supporters for their help in making A Walk for Water possible.  Everything you do is greatly appreciated. It is because of all of you that we are able to help so many!

Event Day Information for “A Walk For Water”
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
John F. Kennedy High School
1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Please arrive at 10 am to check-in, register, purchase raffle tickets and enjoy the festival!

  • 10:00 am - African Cultural Festival Begins
    • Amman-a-thon Starts - Conducted by YMCA DC Branch
    • Tuareg tea tasting, and other activities begin
    • Marketplace opens
  • 11:30 am - Opening Reception and Speaking Program
    • Welcome Speaker: John F. Kennedy High School’s Principal Joe Rubens
    • Special Guest Speaker: Newly-named Ambassador of Niger, Her Excellency Professor Hassana Alidou
    • Special Guest Speaker: Renowned fashion designer Alphadi, whose creations are often seen in the most glamorous shows around the world
    • Special Guest Speaker: Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett (invited)
    • Keynote Speaker: AI’s Founder and Executive Director Ariane Alzhara Kirtley
  • 12:00 pm - 5K Walk Begins
  • 2:00 pm - Drumming Workshop with Kweku. Bring your drum and percussion instrument!
  • 4:00 pm - African Cultural Festival Ends

There also will be local restaurants to feed your appetite, including Ethios Express Grill serving Ethiopian food, El Pulgarcito de Callao with El Salvadorean cuisine, and Hershey’s Ice Cream with your favorite flavors.  

Students, be sure to get your SSL form signed as you leave and pick up your certificate of completion.

Check-in and On-site Registration
Everyone must check-in when they arrive. If you haven’t registered in advance we will ask you to fill out a registration form. Cash, checks, Mastercard and Visa will be accepted for the fee: $15/student, $18/adult, $12/person in groups of 4 or more.  Purchase raffle tickets for some great prizes!

Online registration will remain open until 12 noon on May 15 via our Hobnob page.

For students seeking SSL credit, you can receive up to 6 hours for attending A Walk for Water. Please bring an SSL form, partially filled out. A supervisor will be on hand to sign forms when you leave the event.  

If you’ve collected sponsorship monies, please bring them to the Check-in/Registration table. Or mail them to: Amman Imman: Water is Life, 914 Robin Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901

There’s plenty of parking at Kennedy High School! The event will be on a field inside the school track.

Health and Safety
To promote health, safety and enjoyment, please remember to bring a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a small backpack to carry snacks.  Sturdy shoes will keep your feet happy and your walk fun.  A rain jacket or umbrella might be needed in the event of wet weather.

The Walk Route
The route is through a neighborhood and will be marked.  A route map will be available at the Check-In Table.   
What to leave at home
Please leave your roller blades, pets and bicycles at home.

Litter and recycling
We want to respect the school, neighborhood and streets. 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!
Rain or Shine
This event will take place, rain or shine.


Carole Bernard, Event Coordinator
Diana Yee, School Outreach Coordinator
Upen Singh, Volunteer Coordinator


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