Use the power of a walk to raise funds

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
HTSCongo Founder Leon Fontier and Penn Yan Rotarians Diane and Jeff Krans are some of the organizers of the Sept. 16 Walk for Water.

Water is Life. That’s an indisputable truth, and here in the Finger Lakes we are blessed to be surrounded by abundant fresh, clean water. But that’s not the case around the globe.

Protecting the clean water sources that we have and increasing global access to clean water are important efforts. Now there’s an opportunity to help support three organizations whose missions protect clean water or increase access to it.

On Sept. 16, a simple walk along the Keuka Outlet Trail can help support these three organizations:

• Friends of The Outlet: These volunteers work to protect and improve the Outlet Preservation Area which surrounds most of the Keuka Outlet, an important waterway between Keuka and Seneca Lakes.

• Penn Yan Rotary: In their quest for service above self, Rotary serves the local community and also tends to urgent needs far abroad. Rotary International’s mission integrates water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects for children.

• HTSCongo works to provide clean drinking water near homes in remote villages and sanitation facilities to schools, hospitals and clinics in the third world.

The Walk for Water is an opportunity for everyone to help raise funds to support the efforts of these three groups. And while the beneficiaries of the event have serious work to do, Walkathon organizers are planning an event that will include fun activities for all ages.

Some of the fun will center around the friendly competitive spirit between Seneca and Keuka Lake dwellers and enthusiasts because the Keuka Outlet connects these two central Finger Lakes. Walkathon organizers have set up two teams — one for Seneca Lake and one for Keuka Lake. Walkers can help their lake’s team earn bragging rights for the most walkers and the most funds raised.

Sign up to walk any distance along the trail between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 16 starting from the Boat Launch off Keuka Street in Penn Yan. Walkers are asked to try to raise at least $100 from supporters through a personalized online fundraising page or with a simple sign up sheet available to download online.

For more information about the walk, and to register ($25 per individual, $50 for a family of up to four members), visit