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As World Water Day approaches, water activists around the world are preparing to put water conservation in the spotlight in their own unique waves. One very special water warrior Mina Guli (who completed 200 marathons for water awareness in one year) is coming to Cape Town where she’ll be joined by thousands to run for the blue cause:


Cape Town, South Africa (18 March 2024) — As the world gears up to celebrate World Water Day on March 22 (Friday) Cape Town is set to host a remarkable advocate for water conservation and sustainability, Mina Guli!

The renowned international water activist and marathon maverick who completed 200 marathons in a single year for water advocacy is a certified water warrior.

Mina’s visit to Cape Town marks a splash of a moment in the ongoing battle against water scarcity. Amidst the backdrop of a city that faced its own water crisis not too long ago, and a country that is currently experiencing water shortages in many provinces, her presence serves as an important reminder of the urgent need for collective action.

On Friday, Mina will lace up her running shoes to participate in a fun run/walk in Sea Point, Cape Town, as part of the World Water Run, which will see thousands of people running and walking for water across the world as part of her Run Blue Campaign. This initiative, which extends its reach virtually worldwide, aims to inspire individuals to step out and contribute to the cause of water conservation. Participants are encouraged to run or walk for water and share their accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #worldwaterrun.

Over the past few years, Mina has been at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness about the global water shortage through various impactful initiatives, which have built the biggest global grassroots movement in history on water!

The most recent being her Run Blue campaign where she completed 200 marathons in 32 countries in one year around the world (despite not considering herself a runner), including one in Cape Town. She finished her 200th on the steps of the United Nations to kickstart the UN Water Conference and drive home the urgency of the water crisis and how everyone has a real part to play in securing our future.

In a statement reflecting on her mission, Mina says:

“Water scarcity is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, affecting billions of people worldwide. Through the Run Blue Campaign, my goal is to ignite a sense of urgency and empower individuals, businesses and governments to take meaningful action to conserve water resources.”

But, Mina’s efforts extend beyond mere advocacy. Through partnerships with governments, NGOs, and grassroots organisations, she strives to implement sustainable water management practices and promote water resilience on a global scale.

As Cape Town prepares to welcome her for World Water Day, the call to action reverberates louder than ever.

It’s a call to mobilize communities, to raise awareness, and to champion the cause of water conservation. By participating in the World Water Run and even joining the Run Blue Campaign, individuals can contribute to a shared vision of a water-secure future for all.

In the words of Mina Guli, “Together, we have the power to make a difference. Let’s lace up, step out, and run for water—for our planet, for our future.”

The stage is set, and the challenge is clear. As Cape Town embraces Mina Guli’s visit, the world watches, poised to follow in her footsteps towards a more sustainable and water-secure tomorrow.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit here.

Sources: Supplied 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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