30 Wells for Niger 5K Run/Walk Saturday, October 6

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Participants will have a chance to make a difference in the lives of African families in Niger desperate for safe drinking water at a 5K (3.1 miles) Run/Walk sponsored by a new local group, Wells4Wellness. The organization’s goal is to raise funds and awareness of the need for sustainable drilled wells in 30 communities in one of the world’s most impoverished countries where life expectancy is only 53 years and average yearly incomes are only $700.

Registration is from 6:30-7:30 am. The race starts at 8:00 am on October 6, at the Pavilion at 4700 53rd Street, Moline, Illinois. The race course runs along the Rock River where participants will have the option of carrying jugs filled with river water to simulate the burden of hauling water by Niger women and children for household needs. (5years old,5 leters,5 miles.

we are asking you to carry 1gallon,1mile and save 1 childs life.)

Pat Herath, founder of Wells4Wellness and former Registered Nurse, traveled to Niger in 2011 and was struck by the great need for clean water. “Women and children neglect their educations to spend much of their days carrying home contaminated waters that often cause diseases and early death of family members,” she says. “We can help to put a stop to this tragedy.” Pat has been instrumental in the drilling of seven wells in various countries.

Proceeds from the family/pet-friendly event will be used to fund 30 community wells. Cost to participate is $25 with T-shirts reserved for the first 100 registrants and $7 for the first twelve dogs received by September 25. Sign up at or or donations and registrations may be sent to “Wells for Wellness 5K”, 1804 28th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. Make checks payable to Wells 4 Wellness. W4W’s contact number is 309-236-1301.