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ChristinGoding with sUriah carry milk jugs filled with water scooped up from Lake Michigan as they walk along beach

Christina Goding with son Uriah carry milk jugs filled with water scooped up from Lake Michigan as they walk along the beach during the IUN Geology Club Walk for Water held at the Marquette Park Aquatorium on Saturday April 13, 20013. The Walk for Water was used to simulate the walk that women of Africa make to get fresh water to their people. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 1, 2013 6:05AM



According to statistics from the National Thirst Project, one in every eight persons on the planet do not have access to clean water.

“It just blows my mind to think I can go over to my faucet and some people have to base their whole day walking just to get water,” said Ryan Venturelli of Schererville, president of Indiana University Northwest’s Geology Club.

That reality is what sparked the Geology Club to sponsor the recent second annual Walk for Water event at Marquette Park Beach. In spite of cold weather, 150 people were in attendance, double a year ago.

Club vice president Courtney Targos, a geology major in fluvial geomorphology — the study of how rivers shape landscapes — remarked, “I have always felt that one person can make a huge difference. Here at IUN we have a perfect group that are passionate and want to help. It is possible for one person or a group of people to start a rippled effect.”

That ripple effect was evident in 10-year-old Annali Sasak, a student at Discovery Charter School. Daughter of Marquette Perk owner Rebecca Sasak, Annali erected a Lemonade Shakestand outside her family business hoping to raise money for the Geology Club.

While mixing her special recipe consisting of lemon rinds and ice, Annali said, “I feel it is kind of unfair that some people do not get clean water and we do. I think we are pretty lucky to be in a country that has clean water.”

At $2 a serving and after covering costs, Annali was able to donate $24 to the walk, which raised a total of $5,000, enough to build a well for people in Swaziland.

When Venturelli was asked why the Geology Club does not use its efforts to better the lives of fellow Americans, she said, “I understand that there are problems at home. But water is something that we cannot live without. I just feel that we have so much here in the United States and we don’t know what is going on in the world around us.”

For more information, visit thirstproject.org or Indiana University Northwest Geology Club sponsor Professor Erin Argyilan at 980-7124 or eargyila@iun.edu.



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