Vernon students shore up $4,372 with OKIB during water walk

Vernon Secondary students helped raise $4,372 during the Earth Day Walk for Water April 22. (Contributed)Vernon Secondary students helped raise $4,372 during the Earth Day Walk for Water April 22. (Contributed)
Brady Davidson (left) and Hayden Murphy helped raise $4,372 during the Earth Day Walk for Water April 22. (Contributed)Brady Davidson (left) and Hayden Murphy helped raise $4,372 during the Earth Day Walk for Water April 22. (Contributed)
Joe Murphy (left) and Roan Reid helped raise $4,372 during the VSS Earth Day Walk for Water April 22. (Contributed)Joe Murphy (left) and Roan Reid helped raise $4,372 during the VSS Earth Day Walk for Water April 22. (Contributed)

Social justice students at a Vernon secondary school hoping to bring more awareness to an injustice outdid themselves.

Vernon Secondary School students and the Okanagan Indian Band teamed up to host Friday’s Water Walk on Earth Day.

“The Water Walk was a huge success, we raised $4,372 and had over 100 students participate,” said event spokesperson Naomi Runka, a Grade 12 VSS student.

The event aimed to raise awareness and money for water issues in the developing world as well as in Okanagan Indigenous communities.

Students walked from VSS to Kal Beach and back, which is about six kilometres.

“That represents what people in the developing world have to walk daily to get water,” said Runka.

Each student taking part had a pledge form to help raise money and contributions were also accepted at the school Friday. Cash and cheques, made out to VSS, are still being accepted at the school office.

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