CHICO, Calif. - Community members came together at one mile in Bidwell Park for the 11th annual citywide Walk4Water fundraiser.
A nonprofit foundation called Bridging the Gap focuses on bringing awareness to the need for clean water. They will get the proceeds from the fundraiser to fund water projects in developing countries, mainly in Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia.
Participants walked either three or five kilometers in order to fill buckets of water to get a sense of what so many people do daily to obtain water in order to survive.
Alfred K. Koala used to attend Chico State and is a person who was helped by a philanthropic project that provided clean water to his community. He said, "You can't really think beyond the lack of clean water. If you don't have clean water to drink, if you dont have food to eat, you're limited to: 'I need food. I need water.'"
"Once you have those basic components, then you can think farther," said Koala.
Bridging the Gap says every 40 dollars they they raise is enough to give one African clean water for life.