The annual World Water Day 2013 Walk for Water will take place Saturday on the Rocky Mountain College campus in Billings.

The public is encouraged to participate.

Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. at the College Student Union building, and the 1.5-mile walk begins at 10. The walk is free. T-shirts will be on sale for $10, and financial donations are welcome.

The idea of the walk is to help make people aware of water-related problems around the world. Participants along the way will see demonstrations and find information cards about problems abroad and at home.

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“This is an awesome opportunity to share with our community and call attention to the world water crisis, and to be involved in a global mission that impacts the world,” Nadine Hart, chairman of Hope 2 One Life Inc., the sponsoring group, said in a prepared statement. “Survival begins with water.”

Nearly 2 million children die each year from water-related illnesses, such as diarrhea and the accompanying dehydration from contaminated water, Hart said. Women and children often walk great distances to procure water.

Last year, the walk collected $6,100 in donations that went to projects sponsored by Family Empowerment in Kampala Village in Uganda, New Hope International Hospital in Tanzania, Tender Mercies Outreach Ministries in Uganda and Amani Development Organization in Tanzania.

For more information, contact Hart at 861-3166.

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