FAQ

WHAT IS THE GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER?

The Virtual Global 6K for Water is an international participation event organised by World Vision to raise funds for water programmes in the developing world.

World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the world reaching one new person with access to safe water every 10 seconds.

Our focus is on working with the world’s most vulnerable children, their families and communities to run sustainable water programmes alongside other key programmes such as food, health, education, and economic development.

This approach to providing clean water ensures that together we can tackle the root causes of poverty, enabling children to experience the fullness of life.

Last year, 64,000 people in 30 countries around the world took part in the Global 6K for Water. As a result, 74,000 children and families have seen their lives changed, health improved, schools filled – and childhoods protected – through clean water.

And we’re not going to stop there – so this year, even though we can’t run our usual events, we’re going virtual.

WHY IS ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER SO IMPORTANT?

Access to water has never been more urgent.

At a time when handwashing has never been more important in the fight against disease for three billion people around the globe it’s still not as easy as turning on a tap.

Many children (often girls) in the developing world walk an average 6K for water every day. This walk is often treacherous leaving them vulnerable to injury and predators. It is time consuming and exhausting work which means they don’t have time for school and even if they do make it they are too exhausted to learn and fulfil their potential. And this has other consequences - for example, when girls are unable to attend school they are at increased risk of early marriage.

In addition, the water they collect is likely to be dirty - 1,000 children under the age of five still die every day from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation and hygiene.

WHY 6K? AREN’T MOST EVENTS 5K OR 10K?

Six kilometres (6K) is the average distance people – usually women and children (often girls) – walk every day to get water for their families and homes in the developing world.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE VIRTUAL GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER?

The Virtual Global 6K for Water is open to everyone – no experience necessary!

However, we understand that everyone’s circumstances are a little different at the moment so it’s important that you complete 6K in a way that’s safe for you, whether that’s walking, running, treadmilling (or another activity of your choice), in your neighbourhood, at home, on your own or with others and that you follow all Government coronavirus guidelines for the region you live while doing so.

Equally it’s important to note that physical activity is potentially hazardous and therefore we advise that people do not participate in the Virtual Global 6K for Water unless they are medically able and / or cleared by a doctor to do so.

Please also be aware that there may be additional hazards such as roads, uneven pavements, proximity to water along your route so please choose a course that you know is safe for you and take precautions where necessary.

WHEN IS THE GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER TAKING PLACE?

We have chosen six days from Tuesday 18 August and Sunday 23 August for participants to complete their 6K. You can use these six days however you wish. For example you could:

  • Choose any of the days to do 6K in one go
  • Complete a 6K everyday of the six days
  • Complete 1K a day for six days

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

There will be no centrally produced events this year so you can complete your 6K, around your neighbourhood, in your garden, at home...

The important thing is to stay safe and follow all Government guidelines for the region that you will do your 6k in.

Register here to take part.

CAN I INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO DO THE 6K WITH ME?

Yes – we’d love everyone taking part to spread the word and invite six (or more) family members or friends to also do a 6K.

You will need to decide if it is safe for you to meet up and complete the 6K together based on your own circumstances and guidelines in your region.

Alternatively, you can complete it individually or come together virtually – see our ideas here.

The important thing is to stay safe and follow all Government guidelines for the region you will do your 6K in.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

To take part in World Vision’s Virtual Global 6K for Water simply click here and you’ll be a 6K Water Hero in no time!

Please note: You must be over 18 to register. Children can take part accompanied by an adult.

HOW MUCH IS IT TO TAKE PART?

Registration is free but we are asking participants to make a minimum suggested donation of £6. All donations are non-refundable.

HOW WILL MY DONATION BE USED?

Your donation will go to World Vision’s water projects which make a life-changing difference to vulnerable children and communities around the world.

CAN I FUNDRAISE?

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

When you register to take part you’ll be able to set up your very own personalised fundraising page. This will generate a link which you can share with family, friends, colleagues and your social network to invite them to sponsor your 6K.

WILL I RECEIVE A VIRTUAL GLOBAL 6K T-SHIRT / RACE BIB / MEDAL THIS YEAR?

Unfortunately it will not be possible for us to supply t-shirts, medals and race bibs this year. As a result we have waived the registration fee.

However, if you have your T-shirt from last year you are very welcome to wear it or, if you wish to, just wear a pop of World Vision orange. Or why not be bold and dress up as your favourite super-hero, wear a crazy hat or wig and let people know you are raising money for a great cause.

Check out our inspiration page for ideas to bring your 6K to life.

CAN I SHARE PICTURES OF MY WALK ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Please do! Post them on your platform of choice, and use the #6KforWater. Don’t forget to tag 6 friends to take part, and ask your wider network to sponsor you too.