Why Can’t I Run?

On Saturday April 3, 2010, DribbleTheWorld will have it’s third female runner-Whitney Rodgers! Whit’s going to be dribbling the Inaugural 13.1 New York for WorldVision in Queens to draw awareness to the need for clean water throughout the continent of  Africa.  

Fast Facts on Unclean Drinking Water:

  • 12 million people die each year from lack of safe drinking water. (WHO).
  • Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation. (WHO) .
  • The average distance a woman in Africa walks to collect water is roughly 4 miles (www.whrnet.org).
  • Women are the primary caretakers for those who fall ill from water-related diseases, reducing their time available for education and productive economic efforts. (www.unfpa.org)  
  • In some parts of Africa, women spend almost 85% of their day getting water, increasing incidences of anemia and other health problems. (www.unhabitat.org)

“Women and children are walking miles a day to get murky water in an attempt to sustain themselves daily.  Why can’t I run 13.1 miles in one day so that there might be funding to build them a well?” – Whitney

Think that’s awesome? Check this out: Whit is one of the hardest working, most driven people I know. Whitney has been so encouraging in every race that she has been to! This is just a glimpse of what she is capable of doing because of the love she has for Christ. Want to see more? Read the post about her called  A Hero Emerges to learn about some of the things that Whit has done recently. 

You’re going to be AMAZING on Saturday Whit!!


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  1. avatar Whitney Says:

    I am once again humbled by the kindness shown to me. We are so blessed here to have even something as basic as clean drinking water, and we don’t even realize it. Thank you, Ashley, for your kind work and all your support. I am so thankful for the Dribble the World cheering squad and everyone who has really shown me such support and love. I know prayer will get me through Saturday and the Lord will be with me.

  2. avatar ash Says:

    you got that right Whit! prayer will definitely get you through tomorrow! Christ knows exactly what He’s doing with you. we’re so proud of you! i’m so excited that i get to run with you as you dribble through queens to show another part of the city what we’re all about! love you sister!

  3. avatar Morgan Says:

    You two are a great team! Both of you have tender hearts and hearts that want to see God’s love shown to those around you and to those around the world. I am sure that during the race both of you will remember the women you are dribbling for, and when you drink water at the water stops you will especially remember. I’ll be praying!!

  4. avatar Whitney Says:

    Thank you everyone!! Yesterday was amazing!! It was a great day! I really appreciate all the love, prayer and support! I am so thankful for all of you! Thank God that I made it through, I could not have done it without Him!!

  5. avatar Megan, Scotia, NY Says:

    Just wanted to say great job this weekend to Whitney- we passed each other many times on the route & you were very inspiring… even before I visited the website & knew what dribbletheworld.com is all about! Your mission is a great one, keep up the good work!

    God Bless!

  6. avatar Peter & Cheryl Says:

    Well done Whitney, you go girl! The Lord is awesome and He can do awesome things through us if we let Him.

    God Bless

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