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Three easy ways to get involved in global health

What can I do to help? That’s the question we field many times a week from many of you. This summer, there’s an easy answer. You can run. Or walk. Even go to a soccer game. Read on to learn how here.

Thanks to the Seattle Sounders FC, there are three tangible things you can do in August to support a critical cause – our groundbreaking “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. WGHA is partnering with PATH, University of Washington Department of Global Health, Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and World Vision to develop a groundbreaking program to improve the lives of thousands of families in rural Tanzania.

The differentiator for this program is its integration of approaches. The partners’ individual areas of expertise will complement one another, fueling a more efficient, dynamic collaboration and building greater influence and impact. World Vision’s community commitment and market facilitation for farmers, along with PATH’s market-based approaches to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and local providers, will join with the University of Washington’s approaches to human health research and Washington State University’s animal health and rural farmer research. By harnessing the technical capacities of these organizations, we aim to work with families and communities to improve the elements that influence their quality of life: household income, health, and overall livelihoods. Our strategic vision is to create a platform for integration that can be replicated and adapted in a range of settings globally.

Where do you fit in?

First, you can join us for the “March to the Match”, Saturday, August 1st, 5:00 pm at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square before the Vancouver Whitecaps game. Look for the dozens of people carrying jerry cans and wearing t-shirts that say, “We Rave Green Run for Clean Water.” Bring your own water bottle to carry on your head to show support for the millions of people around the world who walk miles to collect water.

Second, come to the Vancouver Whitecaps Match, Saturday, August 1st, 7:00 p.m. CenturyLink Field. Make sure to purchase match tickets using code “WGHA2015” and the Sounders will donate a portion of proceeds to support the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. Buy your tickets here. For ticket questions contact Kylie Padgett, 206.512.1242.

Third, take part in the Rave Green Run, Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m., Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland. Proceeds from race registrations and all donations benefit the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. Register here.

Hope to see you there!