University Foundations class to raise money for nations without clean water

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Boise State students and faculty will walk for Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso and 21 other nations on Thursday, Nov. 9. These students and staff will walk for something that relates each of these countries to one another–water.

The walk will begin at Friendship Bridge, and is being held by a University Foundations 200 class that has decided to support “charity: water” in its mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to developing nations. Charity: water is a non-profit organization that has helped build wells, rainwater catchment systems and latrines in rural areas.

By downloading the Charity Miles app, selecting “charity: water” and joining the “BSU UF 200” team, participants can track their mileage and raise money with every step.

“So far, our class has achieved over 500 miles combined, but we hope to log many more so we can donate all these funds to support charity: water,” said Mari Rice, professor of the UF 200 class hosting this event. “Whoever has the most miles at the beginning of each week is rewarded an extra credit point.”

Though the class will be walking on Thursday, running and biking help raise money as well. As one walks, runs or bikes, the Charity Miles app tracks his or her distance. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile for their charity and walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile.

“We’re trying to do five miles per person in the class up until the ninth. At the end we will calculate how much money we have raised, and then we will make a big check and take a picture with it,” Rice said.

Participating in this walk will mean supporting a non-profit organization that donates 100 percent of their profits to help improve water access for areas with limited access to clean water all around the world.

“I think the charity walk is a great opportunity for students at Boise State to get together, meet some new people and make a difference for people in water-deprived nations,” said Braden Luper, a business law major from the class. “In addition to the donation that Charity Miles donates for each mile walked, I think the students will also gain some valuable information on the global water crisis.”

Anyone is welcome to join the class at Friendship Bridge, where the walk will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:15 a.m.

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