FRESH FACES | PEG PETERS
Meet Peg Peters, co-founder of the run for water
Q: Why did you start Run for Water?
When I was a young boy I lived in Ethiopia. I, personally, saw how the communities were affected by not having access to clean water, and knew that I wanted to give back somehow.
And, running has always been a passion of mine.
Ten years ago, I was out with a friend for coffee and we came up with the idea of combining the two. We took running, which is personal, and made it communal. We wanted to create an opportunity to give back globally.
To date, we have raised iust over $1.5 Million.
Q: Why did you host the event in Abbotsford?
I grew up in Abbotsford for most of my life.
Per Capita, Abbotsford is known as the most generous city in Canada, and we have the cleanest drinking water. In fact, we just won the ‘cleanest tasting water’ award. To best illustrate an act of generousity, I was speaking at South Poplar School when a 10-year old boy came over to talk to me. He told me that he has been saving all of his birthday and allowance money, since he was five years old, so that he could donate to Run for Water. I was amazed at the level of compassion in his heart.
Water is the sustainable building block for empowering people in the developing world. It’s the bottom line for gender equality as it eliminates the need for girls, to have to walk hours every day, to get water that’s hurting them, and, instead, allows them to go to school and dream of a better future.
Run for Water shows Abbotsford’s generous nature and creates compassion.
Q: What inspires you about Abbotsford?
We are so blessed to live here. My favourite place is Sumas Mountain--so much so that we created a Trail Run. It’s the future of what Abbotsford can be and it’s only steps from our door. I was speaking at a First Nations school and started talking to one of the elders who explained to me how his ancestors hunted deer here a thousand years ago. I thought, “And, now, here we are running on this same land, experiencing the nature of this place in the same way!”
Running on the mountain trails is a spiritual experience for me. I feel connected to the beauty and it inspires me, heavily. I feel my smallness amidst the bigness of the universe. We have so much. It’s justice to give back, not charity.
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