LAKE BANOOK, Nova Scotia, Aug. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Good breeds good and that has always been true in sport. If the competitive nature is essential for athletes, so is team spirit. Last week we saw this demonstrated beautifully at the 2022 International Canoe Federation Sprint Canoe and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth.
Prior to the competition, Canoe Kayak Canada partnered with several different organizations to facilitate and financially support the Ukrainian team’s travel, accommodations and participation in the event.
“It was really important for us to get them out of such a horrible situation so they could train, relax and be part of the event. It is truly an outpouring of support from Canadians for the Ukrainian family. says Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada.
In all, the Ukrainian team won 5 medals and the competition this week – 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze!
When Vivoblu and Water for All saw what Wade’s team was doing and the Ukrainian team was traveling to Canada for the event, they immediately asked how they could get their vital water filters into the hands of the Ukrainian team.
Access to drinking water in Ukraine is becoming scarce. Many areas are prone to widespread cholera epidemics and running water is very limited. Children in war-torn areas are twenty times more likely to die from contaminated water-related illnesses than from war-related violence. Water for All has received requests from city officials across the country asking for tens of thousands of filters for their citizens.
“The need is hard to understand, and we are working to help as many Ukrainians as possible, as quickly as possible by working on all available connections,” says John DeYoung, president of Water for All. “Five filters may not seem like a lot, but these 5 filters will serve 75-100 people for three years and each of those people has a story, has a family, has a life full of dreams they want to live for. We don’t want the everyone forgets about them. We are so grateful that Canoe Kayak Canada allowed us to ship these filters directly to the Ukrainian team.”
Water for All is currently fundraising for water filters for Ukraine. Donations can be made online at www.waterall.org.
About Water for All and Vivoblu Water for All works around the world to serve those in desperate need of safe drinking water by providing Vivoblu water filtration systems specially designed for use in the harshest conditions. In partnership with key NGOs on the ground, they launched a campaign to provide enough Vivoblu filters to bring clean water to 1.5 million Ukrainians trapped in war zones or living in refugee camps. www.waterall.org
Vivoblu’s water filtration system operates using gravity only in a two-bucket system, with no electricity or water infrastructure needed other than the included system parts. The filter uses the same fiber technology used for kidney dialysis. Our drinking water solution is now present in 25 countries and has shown excellent results in the villages and communities where we serve. www.vivoblu.com
About Canoe Kayak Canada Canoe Kayak Canada is the national organization for competitive canoeing in Canada. We are a volunteer-run, staff-run organization made up of a community of paddling enthusiasts – athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and supporters – from coast to coast.
Canoe Kayak Canada is a membership organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial and divisional paddling associations for the sprint, whitewater and marathon disciplines. Elite National Teams proudly represent Canoe Kayak Canada at various competitions around the world including the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and World Championships. seniors.
Canoe Kayak Canada is recognized by its partners the International Canoe Federation, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sport Canada as the designated authority for sport in Canada. www.canoekayak.ca
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