Makah Water for All founder Sam Dinga is pictured with Carol Okray of Okray Family Farms, a major sponsor of the WELLers Walk.
Makah Water for All founder Sam Dinga is pictured with Carol Okray of Okray Family Farms, a major sponsor of the WELLers Walk.

The Makah Water for All Foundation had its second annual WELLers Walk Sept. 20 in Stevens Point, Wis., to raise funds for clean drinking water and well construction in Cameroon, Africa. The event included “a presentation on the 14 wells built, plans for future wells and information on how to become a WELLer,” according to a news release.

The walk consisted of a trek along the Wisconsin River, as participants repeatedly fill and carry water jugs to a central location, According to a news release, the walk represents the actual effort required to gather clean drinking water in villages in Cameroon.

“If you think about the average American consuming 100 gallons of water per day, and then you see how many people and how long it takes to fill a 250-gallon container, I think it puts things in perspective,” said Sam Dinga, a Stevens Point resident and Cameroon native who helpd found the event.

This year, donations from the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Okray Family Farms, Bushmans’, Inc., Warner & Warner, and Roberts Irrigation provided enough funds to finance the construction of two more wells.

“We want to show that the Wisconsin potato industry cares about water both locally and globally,” said WPVGA board member Jeremie Pavelski, Heartland Farms, Hancock, who also serves as co-chairman of the WPVGA’s Water Task Force. “We know how important water is and we’re willing to do whatever we can to make sure there’s enough water for everyone. This fundraising event is for a great cause, and we are very happy to support it.”