FAQ

WHAT IS THE GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER?

Global 6K for Water is an international event organised by World Vision to help developing countries have access to clean water. 

You can walk or run for 6km in around your local area – as part of an organised event, on your own or with a group of friends or family. Ask people to sponsor you (you’ll get a helpful fundraising page to share when you register) and the money you raise will go straight to World Vision’s water projects, helping children like Ireen and Cheru.

By walking or running 6km – and raising money doing it – you increase awareness of the issues facing vulnerable children and their communities at the same time as funding the change they need.

It’s a local event and a global movement. Last year, 64,000 people in 30 countries around the world took part in the Global 6K. As a result, 74,000 children and families have seen their lives changes, health improved, schools filled – and childhoods protected – through clean water.

WHY WALK FOR CLEAN WATER?

Clean water frees children from deadly diseases and opens the door to education and a promising future. Nearly 1,000 children under the age of five still die every day from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation and hygiene. By taking part in the Global 6K for Water you’ll be helping build a world where everyone has access to clean water. 

WHY SIX KILOMETRES? AREN’T MOST RACES 5K OR 10K?

Six kilometres is the average distance people – usually women and children – walk to get water for their families and homes in the developing world. Often the walk is dangerous, children miss school and the water is dirty making them ill.

WHEN IS THE EVENT?

In the UK, the event will take place between 18 May and 14 June 2020.

WHERE DO I GO TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GLOBAL 6K?

You can run or walk anywhere between 18 May and 14 June – on your own, with your friends or family or with your colleagues. Follow your own favourite route or join an event near you.

You can also organise your own event for your local community.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Register here to organise a Global 6K for 10 people or more (including schools, churches and organisations).

Register here to take part in a Global 6K as a family group or an individual. (NOTE – family groups need to include at least one over-18. They will be the main contact so we can send you all your race bibs and keep in touch with Global 6K news).

NB: A small non-refundable registration fee is requested from participants - £6 per person (5 years+) or £10 per family (up to 5 people). Under 5s and dogs go free!

(There’s no fee for Organisers, or those taking part through a school event).

HOW MUCH IS IT TO TAKE PART?

A small non-refundable registration fee is requested from participants - £6 per person (5 years+) or £10 per family (up to 5 people). 

Under 5s and dogs go free! 

NOTE: There’s no fee for Organisers, or those taking part through a school event.

CAN I FUNDRAISE?

Yes please – the more funds are raised, the more children will receive the vital, clean water they need. 

Register to take part and you’ll be able to set up your very own fundraising page, tell friends, colleagues and your social networks all about your Global 6K and invite others to join you.

HOW WILL THE FUNDS FROM THE GLOBAL 6K BE USED?

All your fundraising through the Global 6K will benefit children and communities through our World Vision water projects.

Registration fees help to cover costs for producing t-shirts, bibs etc.

I’M NOT A RUNNER. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

Global 6K events are open to everyone – no experience necessary! However, we understand that walking / running is a potentially hazardous activity and therefore advise that people do not participate in the Global 6K unless they are medically able and / or cleared by a doctor to do so.

Please also be aware that every Global 6K course will be different and some may be more challenging than others – so please do check with your event organiser before participating.

I ONLY WANT PEOPLE I KNOW TO ATTEND MY GLOBAL 6K EVENT. HOW DO I STOP OTHERS FROM BEING ABLE TO JOIN?

If this is important to you, please give the relevant member of the Global 6K team a call. We will be able to make your event a ‘closed event’. This means that only people you personally send your event page link will be able to join you.

For community groups:Charlotte Tipping - 01908 244417 

For church groups: Rowena Luis - 01908 841057

For schools: Delphine Wolfe - 01908 244522

For corporates: Lady Poullos - 01908 244407

CONCERNED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?

We understand that you might be concerned about organising or participating in a Global 6K event due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please know that we are monitoring this situation closely and will comply with Government guidelines around public gatherings and events. Should this mean that Global 6K events are not able to go ahead during our current proposed window of 18 May – 14 June 2020 we will look for alternative dates later in the year. With this in mind we would encourage you to go ahead and register so that we know you are interested in organising or participating in Global 6K for Water.