On Monday afternoon, November 13, St. Markers helped get UNICEF's "Move the World" Workout for Water benefit off to an early start with an exercise event in the Armour Cage.
Elsewhere around the world on Saturday, November 18, the week before World Children's Day, countless thousands of people will be working out to raise money to provide underdeveloped communities with access to water. "Move the World" notes that just $414 can fund the purchase and installation of a water pump that will provide clean, safe water to an entire community. Since St. Mark's will be on Thanksgiving break on November 18, the School's Director of Wellness, Mr. Carl Corazzini, organized a St. Mark's Workout for Water for this past Monday.
Ms. Jen Verbeek, Fitness Instructor at St. Mark's (and parent of Keelie '18 and Kerrie '19), led the workout in the Cage. All donations from the Workout for Water go to building water pumps for communities in East Africa. Students, faculty, and staff participated.
Edna Kilusu, a Fifth Form boarder from Tanzania, joined the effort and shared her experience around how these water pumps will benefit the people in her home region.
"This is a great opportunity for the SM community to come together and do something good for themselves while also doing good for others," said Mr. Corazzini.
Workout for Water has raised $605,374 globally. "That's a lot of water and a lot of lives changed," declares Ms. Verbeek. "Way to be part of something HUGE, St. Mark's!"