Founded in 2010 by current UTK student, Michael Van Dorsalaer, Hands Across The Water (HATW) is a non-profit charity dedicated to helping bring an end to the global water crisis. Partnered with Procter and Gamble and MIT-som university in India, the HATW team buys up purification packets from P&G to distribute them to children and families in need. Over 7 years, HATW has raised over $100,000 for this crisis through 6k walkathon fundraising events. This equates to over 10 Million liters of clean drinking water. The program is now a class taught by Tom Van Dorsalaer and run by students of the University of Tennessee.
Why a 6k walkathon?
Over 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. 1000 children die every day. Women and children walk an average of 6 kilometers every day to get access to dirty, bacteria-infested water. This is why we host a 6-kilometer walkathon. This year, we raised over 1.7 million liters of clean drinking water for families in need. We had over 150 walkers show up to our event on October 29th.
Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors!