Photo: Runners that took part in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Supporting this Akvo project.

The Dow Live Earth Run for Water took place on the 18th of April 2010. A series of 6km run/walks took place in 150 countries, featuring concerts and water education activities to ignite a massive global movement to help solve the water crisis. I’d like to use this opportunity to highlight just a few of these events from our partners who I kept in touch with on the day itself, live from our own run HQ in Amsterdam’s olympic stadium.

According to our partner Lien Aid in Singapore, its Run was a great success. It was the first water-focused run to be held in Singapore and was well attended by 4,000 runners and by the general public who represented the very multicultural face of this city-state. With 10% of all the proceeds from the registrations, a total of €7,731 has been generated for their project in Cambodia. More information on the Singapore event can be read in this blog on the Live Earth website, including a really nice video. Watch this other video to get a sense of the day.

Although the Hong Kong weather on the Sunday was poor, many still made the effort to join in the Run for Water. The main NGO beneficiary, A Child’s Right, was there to promote the great work they do. Above you can see the video that summarises the event. I look forward to seeing how their projects, now live on Akvo, will develop over time.

Of all the Live Earth events that took place my personal favorite is the Buenos Aires event. It was truly massive! Thousands of people took part in the Run and concerts. Just see for yourself in the video below. Just amazing!

Below are some pictures of other events that took place.
In Cape Town, South Africa – with Wildlands being the main beneficiary.


Just as massive as in Argentina, the event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil mobilised thousands!


The Swedes ran an independent, but closely aligned event – here’s everyone getting ready for their Run in Stockholm.


We were really excited to welcome Pepsico as a new funding partner on Akvo projects in recent weeks. Here’s the local PepsiCo team that joined the Run in Melbourne, Australia.

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If you’re interested in more of the Live Earth events that took place on the 18th of April, please visit the Live Earth website. Here you can see lots more pictures and video’s of the events that took place.

Luuk Diphoorn is Project Coordinator at Akvo and manned our desk throughout Live Earth, helping to connect runs around the world.