Toloha Water Walk

Let’s Celebrate!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Photography by Josh Spear, Praise Report, Program Update, Toloha Water Walk | 0 comments

Let’s Celebrate!

We are so excited to announce the financial goal for the water project has been met and we want to CELEBRATE! Put your wallets away and come join us for dinner & a celebration of all God has done! This is our way of saying “thank you” for the countless ways you have sacrificed your time, money and heart! This will be an event for the whole family and is NOT a fundraiser (no tickets required)! When: March 19 at 5pm Where: Grace Fellowship Church Please see our Facebook Event to RSVP and find out more...

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Water Walk Rep Meeting 2015!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Lindsay Corrigan, Toloha Water Walk, Written by Katie | 0 comments

Who’s excited?!  I know we are! The 3rd Annual Toloha Water Walk is right around the corner and we want YOU to be there!  And we don’t want you to come alone. Looking back over the past year and a half we stand in awe of what God has done.  He has brought the small community of Kinston together and raised $127,000 to bring clean water to the villagers of Toloha.  Work has started in the village, but the project isn’t finished yet – we are still $43,000 shy of our $170,000 goal for renovating a gravity fed water system to supply 10,000 people with clean water for LIFE! So what can you do to help?!  Well, I’m glad you asked – we’re looking for people just like you to be “2015 Water Walk Reps”  The title sounds important, and it is, but the good news is, it isn’t difficult!  We are looking for people to take the lead and be liaisons/team leaders for their respective circles of influence (your children’s ministry, your school, your organization, your youth group, your neighborhood etc).  We know that if you are excited about the Water Walk others around you will be excited too!  All you need to do is get the information from us and tell other people. The Water Walk concept is really simple — individuals sign up (for free), get their own website, and then raise support ($17 per person for clean water for life) and see how many people’s lives they can literally change forever! Then they show up on March 14th and experience what our friends in Toloha experience daily, a walk to gather water. So if you are willing to hop on board and help us get others involved, come on out (all participants do not need to attend this meeting – just send one or two people from your group to gather the necessary information)! The 2015 Water Walk Rep Meeting Sunday February 8th at 3:00 pm Woodman Community Center Banquet Room (2602 West Vernon Avenue, Kinston, NC 28504) At this meeting we will walk you through the process of registering, give you some information specific to team leaders and answer any questions you have.  By showing up you are not committing to participate rather you are just getting more information.  If you are unable to make the meeting, but would like the information, please contact us and we will get in touch with you separately. Not sure what Toloha Partnership is all about?  Come out a little early (2:30pm) to hear the story and philosophy of Toloha Partnership and then stick around for the Water Walk Rep Meeting at 3pm. We are so thankful for each of you and your willingness to step out and make a difference.  I’m excited to see what God does this year!  Registration isn’t open quite yet but we’re hoping to open online registration on Feb 8th…so get...

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Water Walk Success!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Clean Water, Fundraising, Get involved, Photography by Lindsay Corrigan, Toloha Water Walk, Toloha Water Walk 2014, Written by Katie | 0 comments

Water Walk Success!

The 2nd Annual Toloha Water Walk was held last Saturday March 22nd at the Neuseway Nature Center in downtown Kinston, NC, and it was certainly a success! So why am I just now sitting down to write a blog post?  Why have I waited to so long?  To be honest, I have been at a loss for words — and if you know me, that doesn’t happen very often! So what did the day look like?  Of course, pictures speak louder than words, so enjoy these photos and a brief narrative of the day! By the time the sun peeked over the horizon at 7:11 am, there were already a dozen volunteers working to set up, decorate for and prepare for the walk.  And by 8am all volunteers had arrived and were assigned their posts. As the first walkers began to trickle into the park, we were thrilled – the long anticipated day had finally arrived.  Then, walkers continued to arrive…and then more showed up…and then we ran out of registration forms…and still more walkers showed up!  We were floored!  In all, there were at least 150 participants,  which was well above our initial lofty (or so we thought) goal of 100 walkers. The event began with registration and check-in, which was followed by some free time to meander around exhibits to the beat of some local drummers on various African drums and other instruments. Then, everyone was gathered for the opening ceremony that included a heart-felt welcome shared by Daniel Makoko (native of Toloha Village and President of Toloha Partnership), a demonstration by Christina Makoko on how villagers carry water (on their heads) as well as messages from the villagers shared by Burt Rudolph (program engineer). The Water Walk was next; the 2 mile course led walkers along dirt paths into the woods to a pond full of dirty water.  All along the course, facts and statistics were posted to help walkers understand the water crisis in the developing world.  Each participant gathered water from the pond and toted it to the finish line where it was measured. Participants were then encouraged to visit interactive stations, which helped walkers learn about various aspects of African life and how water plays such a huge part in daily life.  The stations included Bathing and Hygiene, Washing Clothes, Cooking (with food samples), Carrying Water (on your head of course), Music and African Games. The day concluded with an awards ceremony.  Awards were given to top fundraising teams, families and individuals.  Team awards were also given for teamwork, spirit, best-dressed and strength (carried the most water).  Last, but certainly not least, the grand total raised was announced.  Our initial goal was to raise $17,000 through this event.  And boy were we surprised when we calculated that the fundraising total for the walk was at least $21,000 with more money to be counted!  INCREDIBLE! Oh, and did I mention the weather was phenomenal!  We could not have asked for a more beautiful day – I mean 78 and sunny (in the midst of all the snow storms and rain we’ve been having) was a miraculous and welcome sight! This verse below sums up our heart – The Lord has NOT forgotten the people of Toloha and he made that clear last Saturday as we gathered to “walk so they won’t have to.”  God is using a bunch of regular ole people like you and me to bring HOPE to Toloha Village.  Thank you to all who participated, volunteered and/or gave to make this event a success.  We are already looking forward to the 3rd...

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Water Walk Tools

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Clean Water, Toloha Water Walk, Toloha Water Walk 2014 | 0 comments

We are less than one month from the Toloha Water Walk! We are getting the word out about  it – we have a Facebook Event (please get on and check it out here), we have yard signs and flyers posted around town, we have magnets for our cars, we’ve been to churches and schools and today we put up 4 large banners at high traffic areas in Kinston. It’s happening! Right now, we are halfway to our goal of 100 walkers and we have raised $6,052!!! Wow! If you haven’t registered for the Toloha Water Walk yet, please take five minutes and register right now! Go to: http://www.ministrysync.com/event/website/home/?e=7309 Click “Participate” and then “Register as a Fundraiser.” There are fundraising rewards like the official Toloha Water Walk t-shirt, a Toloha bucket to carry your water at the walk! You must have at least $170 raised by MARCH 10th to receive your t-shirt! There are several Fundraising tools linked on the Registration page, and I thought I’d link them below too. I recently added flyers for kids to color and hand out to their friends, neighbors and teachers. 2014 Toloha Water Walk Corporate Sponsorship Packet Suport Letter or Email Draft Fundraising Ideas Mini Flyers Kid’s Flyer to color Simple 8.5×11 Poster Large 11×17 Poster Kids Coloring Flyer Here is another idea! My daughter wanted to make a little video that we could share with friends and family to help our family meet our fundraising goal of $1,700. I did it with my iPhone – pretty simple, but also effective. We started by emailing to family and asked them to pass it on to their friends. We will also post it on Facebook and our Toloha Water Walk Fundraising website. It took us a couple takes, but she was so excited when she finally said it the way she wanted (as you will see on the video). Check it out below! Do you have any fundraising ideas? Please share them in the comments below, and take photos of you, your family or team in action and then #TolohaWaterWalk2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We can’t wait to see what everyone is up...

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