On Monday morning, Ben H and I ran to work.
10 kilometres to be precise.
We started at St. Paul's. We gave the Queen a wave at Buckingham Palace. We blazed along with the wind in our hair and nothing to stop us - aside from 200 traffic lights, London's entire workforce on foot, and a scenic loo break two thirds in when Ben got caught short.
Why did we do this?
We did it because 10km is the distance that people in the village of Ajiek in Sudan used to have to walk, every day, to get to a borehole for the water that they needed to live. And whilst we chugged along the Strand, struggling with the weight of the Oyster cards in our pockets (unused, might it be noted), these formidable ladies used to carry up to 21 litres of water for the 10km walk back.
For those who aren't sure how heavy 21 litres is, here's a pictorial representation:
This means these women now have an extra 6 hours every day to sell their crops and generate a secure income for their families.
Their children no longer have to stay at home alone waiting for food to be cooked on Mum's return, and they are now able to wash more than once every 10 days because there is sufficient water to do so.
In simple maths, water = the ability to make life changing choices.
Here's the little video that Kamal made about our adventure:
A massive thank you to FARM Africa.
And a huge thank you to all of you who have bought our bottles, cartons, pots and wedges over the years.
In doing so, you've been a part of changing people's lives.