Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Water Challenge. Your support has made a difference in helping provide lifesaving safe water in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Stay tuned for information regarding Water Challenge 2017!

What is the Water Challenge?

The Water Challenge is WaterAid's annual fundraising event, coinciding with World Water Day on 22nd March.

Choose your Water Challenge this March, improve your health, and help provide lifesaving safe water in some of the world’s poorest communities.

  • Drink Just Water

    1 in 10 people worldwide don’t have access to safe, clean water. Water is essential for life and good health.

    Drinking sugary drinks can have disastrous effects on your health. It can lead to weight gain, tooth decay and insulin resistance to name just a few of the known health issues.

    Challenge yourself to make ‘just water’ your only beverage for 14 or 30 days this March, to improve your health and raise money to help provide lifesaving safe water to others.

    Health tip: Eight glasses of water each day is recommended for optimal health.

    Walter’s tip: Did you know tap water in Australia is amongst the purest in the world? Swap bottled drinks for tap water and add the money you save to your fundraising tally.

    Download the Choose Tap App now to locate drinking taps near you.

    **Please note, not all locations are covered.

    Drink just water
  • Walk for Water

    How far would you walk for a glass of water? Each week, women and children walk approximately 50 kilometres just to collect water in some of the world’s poorest communities – that’s around 10,000 steps each day.

    Get active this March and participate in the original Walk for Water challenge. Set your personal distance goal and walk or run your way to good health between 14 and 20 March, whilst raising money to help provide lifesaving safe water to the world’s poorest.

    This year you can download the MapMyFitness App to record your kilometres travelled and sync it to your personal fundraising page for your sponsors to see. Please note: WaterAid will not be providing pedometers in 2016, and there is no registration fee to participate.

    Fact: 10,000 steps is the average distance walked by the world’s poorest women and children to collect water each day. 10,000 steps is approximately 7 kilometres, or 90 minutes of walking.

    Please consult your health care provider if you are unsure about your current level of fitness.

  • Goals for Water

    WaterAid in partnership with Netball Victoria are excited to launch the Goals for Water Challenge, that provides netballers with an opportunity to give lifesaving safe water to women and girls living in some of the world’s poorest communities.

    As part of our annual Water Challenge, your netball team can participate in Goals for Water.

    Challenge your teammates to choose one match between 11 and 30 April, and dedicate your Goals for Water.

    Ask your friends, family and local businesses to sponsor each goal scored during the match to raise money and help provide lifesaving safe water to some of the world’s poorest communities.

    I’m so excited to get behind WaterAid’s Goals for Water campaign in April. I love the fact that by scoring goals in your netball match, you and your teammates can raise money to help people in some of the world’s poorest communities have access to safe, clean water – that is something we can all be proud of within our netball community.

    Liz Watson, Melbourne Vixens player and WaterAid Ambassador

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How WaterAid helps people in need

  • Dadi's Story
    Dadi enjoys playing netball with her friends

    14 year old Dadi feels lucky because her school has safe water and toilets, and that means more time doing the things she loves like playing netball with her friends.

    "After school I came home to fetch water for our dinner. Some afternoons I collect shells from the nearby mangroves for our dinner."

    Dadi, Papua New Guinea

    Dadi is proud that she never has to miss school and dreams of one day looking after her parents.

  • Juliana's Story
    Juliana is proud to be the Secretary of her village Water Committee

    Just a few years ago, life was very different. Juliana would walk several hours each day to collect water for her family, and often had to dig into the mud to find water.

    Now, she helps lead her community to maintain their new water pump.

    "I feel happy because it is useful having the pump close to us. It is easy for us to use water for the toilet, to shower and wash clothes."

    Juliana, Timor-Leste

  • Cesaltina’s Story
    Cesaltina spends hours every day collecting water, even though she is pregnant.

    There are many people in Cesaltina’s village, but only one tank. During the dry season the tank is often empty and she must walk the long and difficult journey to collect water. She carries three jerry cans, twice each day.

    The community has recently established a Water Committee and is working with WaterAid to improve access to safe water.

    "It will be good because we won’t have to collect water at the river and it will be easier for the children to go to school because it will be easier to collect water for them."

    Cesaltina, Timor-Leste