May 15 2012 By Poppy Bradbury
Greenford Methodist Church carry buckets of water from the river as part of a charity campaign.
WHILE the damp weather held off for a rare burst of sunshine this weekend, a team of volunteers had a splashing good time raising money to build a well in Africa.
Around 40 adults and children took part in the Walk for Water event through Greenford Broadway on Saturday (12).
Their mission was to carry as many buckets of river water collected from the Brent at Costons Lane to Greenford Methodist Church in Ruislip Road where Stonebridge Steel Band spurred on the teams.
Philippa Hatton from water charity WellFound, which organised the fundraiser said: “We’re still waiting for donations to come in but we’re on target to raise about £2,500.
“One hundred per cent of donations go to projects in Africa. This money will help build a well in a village called Modeaga in Burkina Faso in north west Africa.
“It was really nice weather and everyone seemed to have a good time. It was our third year and we hope to do it again but make it more of a family day next year.”
Family and friends who cheered on the wet challengers also enjoyed a barbecue and face painting in the church yard.
Volunteers raised £3,357 last year to build a well and latrine in Senegal, east Africa. The annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of the plight of 884 million people in the world without access to safe drinking water and the 3.6 million people who die each year from water-related disease.