• Written by Mark Charmer
    23 September 2013

I was saddened today to hear that Agnes Ovington passed away on 11 September, at the age of just 71. I only met Agnes once, when Luuk Diphoorn took me to spend a very special morning in Eindhoven for Walking for Water in March 2010. Agnes was the person who had led the organisation of the event, as she had for eight years. Walking for Water engaged people (and still does) on the issue of water, harnessing the energy of schools and school kids and gaining the backing of local businesses, particularly water utilities to raise awareness and funds for real water projects in the poorest parts of the world.

Sjef Ernes explains (in Dutch) more about her work on the Aqua for All blog. Agnes was one of the original people that got the Walking for Water schools programme off the ground and was a passionate advocate for engaging children in water issues.

Here’s the video I shot of Agnes that day in March 2010, after we’d walked with the kids and experienced the Eindhoven event.

Mark Charmer is a co-founder of Akvo, based in Amsterdam. Sorry about the can’t-skip-ad before the video – that’s a new thing from Blip, and certainly seems out of place in this context.

Co-founder and communications director.