Hydrating Humanity's Run/Walk to Support Clean Water

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina – May 2020

While the world is currently fighting COVID19, the disease that is killing more children than any other is water-born disease. Water-Born disease has taken the lives of millions of children in the past decade and nearly 2,000 children under the age of five die daily because of it. Hydrating Humanity is confronting this disease by providing clean water for school children in East Africa.

Former Professional Soccer (MLS) player Wells Thompson is joining this fight and will be running for 24 hours with the goal of raising $50,000 for clean water in Africa. His audacious goal is to run 100 miles in 24 hours. Wells is a Winston-Salem native and Wake Forest alum, so his grassroots initiative is well connected to our community in many ways.

Members of our community are invited to join him by sponsoring Wells as he runs or participate themselves by running or walking any distance in their own neighborhood.

This event will begin at 4 pm on Fri. May 15 through 4 pm on Sat. May 16.

Hydrating Humanity founder Matt Peterson is ecstatic to partner with a world class athlete like Wells Thompson and the community for such a great cause. Peterson expressed that “Even in the midst of a pandemic, our community knows how to unite to make a difference.

This is a great way to connect through a common goal, even while social distancing continues. Individuals or families can run or walk together, or support Wells’ run. We are appreciative of Wells’ dedication to lead this initiative and hope the community will join him!”

Visit for full details on how to sign up to donate or participate. Together, runners, walkers and donors can give 5,000 children in Africa the chance they have never had before - to drink clean water and live healthy lives.

[Hydrating Humanity is a North Carolina based 501(c)3 organization that has been serving the people of East Africa for the past 15 years, by working alongside them to access clean water, provide crucial hygiene education and give hope. Hydrating Humanity has completed over 725 clean water projects, giving over 300,000 people access to clean water every day, saving many lives.]