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Sheffield MP joins charity walk

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP joins Liam Garcia from the Long Well Walk Charity which aims to raise awareness of water poverty

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP joins Liam Garcia from the Long Well Walk Charity which aims to raise awareness of water poverty

Braving a spot of wet weather was a walk in the park compared to Westminster when the Deputy Prime Minister stepped out to support a charity.

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg threw his weight behind the Long Well Walk, part of a constituent’s effort to develop community water and sanitation projects in Africa, during an afternoon in Endcliffe Park.

He joined the charity’s director and founder Liam Garcia for a warm-up designed to promote his upcoming trek across 15 countries.

The leisurely stroll is a mere drop in the ocean compared with the 10,000 miles he will hike across Western Europe and through Africa to Cape Town and South Africa.

Liam will set off from Sheffield on March 22 and is expected to take 15 to 18 months touring countries battling water poverty.

Nick said: “I’m hugely impressed by Liam’s commitment for such a great cause and would urge everyone to get behind the project.

“We take easy access to safe and clean water for granted in developed countries, but for many others in the world it’s a real problem.

“We rely on people like Liam to remind us of this stark fact.”

Full-time volunteer Liam, aged 27, said: “We’re a tiny charity so to get this sort of support is incredible. We equip local people in each country with the knowledge, designs and funds to carry out these sanitation projects.

“I’m going out to raise awareness to donors and and raise some funds for the 10 projects we’re delivering across the host countries.”

 

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