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CKI president runs, walks 115 miles to raise money for clean water

Steven Hadt | Apr 24, 2018

Justin Crofoot isn't an athlete, but that hasn't stopped him from running and walking 115 miles in March to raise money and awareness for CKI's new signature project to help families have clean water.

The beats of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar motivated Justin Crofoot to walk and run more than 115 miles during the month of March. The 2017-18 Circle K International president was raising money for WASH — an effort in partnership with UNICEF to provide education, awareness and funding to supply clean drinking water and sanitation education to schools and children in underdeveloped regions.

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Justin Crofoot isn't an athlete, but that hasn't stopped him from running and walking 115 miles in March to raise money and awareness for CKI's new signature project to help families have clean water. Crofoot helped CKI raise US$11,000 for WASH in March.

"By no means am I an athlete," Crofoot said. "But if you're willing to try it, you can do it."

The University of Alabama student broke his month-long journey into segments. Each day he would travel six kilometers, which is approximately 3.7 miles.

"In too many countries, women walk on average six kilometers a day to get clean water for their families," he said. "Nearly 1,000 children die every day due to a lack of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. We can fix this."

Crofoot has used the power of social media to raise money and educate people about the issues. Using #6Kfor6k and #WASHUsMakeADifference, he successfully challenged his friends, colleagues and even the Kiwanis International Board to run or walk six kilometers a day.

" Justin Crofoot isn't an athlete, but that hasn't stopped him from running and walking 115 miles in March to raise money and awareness for CKI's new signature project to help families have clean water. WASH connects with college students. People are asking about WASH and learning about the project, " he said. "The more people who are challenged, the more people are going to learn about (WASH)."

The money CKI is raising for the next five years will be directed to WASH efforts in Haiti.

"We are helping kids, women and men get pumps, storage tanks and even latrines," Crofoot said. "CKI members are making a difference in this world."

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