MARGARET SAMULELA-CHISANGA, Lusaka
Zambians will next weekend get a chance to take walks with Zambian celebrities off the music scene as they take part in a Journey of Water Campaign.
Celebrated Zambian boxer Catherine Phiri says water is an important resource that should be preserved and cared for by citizens countrywide.
Ms Phiri joined singers Petersen Zagaze, James Sakala, comedian Kabova, legendary songbird Maureen Lilanda and popular television talk show host Innocent Kalaluka,who are supporting the World Wide Fund for Nature in Zambia (WWF Zambia) Journey of Water (JoW) campaign to raise awareness on the importance of water and calling for responsible water stewardship.
The 23-year-old boxer,who commended WWF Zambia for embarking on a campaign,pledged her commitment towards the campaign aimed at raising awareness on the significance of water.
The former World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight gold champion says water is an important commodity that many people unknowingly take for granted.
WWF Zambia will from June 22 to 24,mobilise a group of influential Zambians to undertake a 63-kilometre walk from Kafue to Lusaka, to raise awareness on sustainable water stewardship.
The JoW campaign was announced last month at a meeting graced by Minister of Water, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Lloyd Kaziya and permanent secretary Bishop Edward Chomba.
WWF Zambia head of communications, Eneya Phiri, said while water covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, only three percent of all water on earth, is freshwater and that only one percent is accessible for human use.
“This campaign is aimed at reconnecting people to the real source of water – nature; reminding us that ‘water does not come from a tap’. This year’s campaign will focus on the Kafue Flats; highlighting the route water takes from Kafue to Lusaka.
“It will culminate into a literal walk through the Lower Kafue sub catchment, from Kafue town all the way to Lusaka,” Mr Phiri said.
He said participants can follow the journey on social media using the hashtag #journeyofwaterzambia.