The Challenge

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I, Maxim Laithwaite, will walk 1014 kms (630 miles), including ascents of 35000m (4x height of Everest) along the South West Coast Path (UK) in order to raise awareness for local and global water issues.

WHY?: Water permeates every facet of our lives. It is essential for life and we use it every day, at home and work, in cities and in the countryside. We use it for drinking, washing, cooking, heating, producing food, running industries and even having fun in. We are actually made up of 50-70% water. We don’t just need water, we are water!Yet we so often take it for granted. The issues are far reaching and range from climate change, sea-levels and flooding, to poverty, pollution, clean drinking water and sanitation.

footstepsCARRY NO MONEY!: The poorest in the world do not know where their next meal is coming from and so I will walk WITHOUT MONEY and will rely on the kindness of strangers for simple ‘hellos’, a little snack and perhaps a place to spend the night. If you would like to help then please contact me.

WATERAID_COL_LOGO_(small)DONATIONS: All funds raised will be donated to WATERAID, an excellent charity working on the cutting edge of the world’s water problems. For a gift of just £15, WaterAid can provide one person in Africa or Asia with a lasting supply of safe, clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.

You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/waterpilgrim .

WHERE AND WHEN: I will be leaving Minehead, Somerset on Friday 10 July and finishing along with the CoastAlong team at South Haven Point in Poole, Dorset on 12 September 2009.

Why not come and join me for a ‘Walk and Talk‘ somewhere along the route to get some fresh air and stretch the legs.

You could even get involved with CoastAlong on 12 September 2009.

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