Campaign: 2020 Detroit Marathon
Team: 2020 MI Eastside - Detroit Marathon

Tonia Derr

Water is Life! Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. This past year has been another adventure with socially distances running and all of the races cancelled! I thank God for this running community who has allowed me to get outside and do something that feels "normal" during this pandemic. As you can imagine, a global pandemic without access to clean water leads to all kinds of dilemmas. While I know there are great needs here also this year, God has again called us to help to advocate for the Pokot in Africa and to help raise money to provide them with clean drinking water.

I have personally been blessed with the opportunity to take two trips to the Pokot region of Kenya and see first hand the ripple effects that water can bring to a community. One of my most memorable moments was getting to be a part of a ceremony celebrating turning over a new well to the community. There was singing and dancing that none of my videos seem to do justice. After each group did their performance, they praised God for each of the benefits that clean water brings. They listed the obvious things like reducing disease, establishing schools, churches and medical facilities and then they listed some things I had never thought of like reducing domestic violence and conflict with bees and other animals over water.

We are humbled that such a big God has somehow figured out a way for us to play our part half a world away by running and raising funds. Thank you again for considering donating.