Youth Ambassador Honoured With Water Walk

Photo of Alex Foto from Facebook.

A London woman, who died when her bicycle collided with a cement truck last summer, will be honoured Wednesday at an event that will reflect her desire to help others.

Students from St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School will participate in a water walk in honour of Alex Foto.

Similar walks will be held across the country on August 9.

The 19-year-old was a Youth Ambassador with World Vision Canada and had gone on a number of youth mission trips to places like Kenya and the Dominican Republic. She was studying International Development at the University of Waterloo.

Foto was hit by a cement truck on August 7, 2014, while riding her bike through the intersection of Riverside Dr. and Wharncliffe Rd.

World Vision Youth and Student Leader, Brianna Locke says Foto was known for dreaming big and wanting to educate as many people as possible on the water issues around the world.

“We are so pleased to do this in her honour. This was actually her idea. This came from her, so we absolutely think she would be thrilled to see this happen.”

Locke says the students will carry water for 1km throughout their neighbourhood to raise awareness of the water crisis faced by many people in third world nations.

The national water walk in August will see participants walk 6km carrying jerry cans full of water.

“Six kilometres is representative of the average journey that a person will take on every single day, sometimes twice a day just to go and collect water to take back to their families,” says Locke. “There are women and children around the world that are doing this trip daily.”

She says that as Canadians, we do not really recognize the water crisis that is happening.

“Especially in Ontario, we are surrounded by fresh water. It’s something that has always been there for us to see, to use, to abuse in some cases. But what we’re not talking about as openly is that there is a water crisis.”

Locke hopes the Water Walk in Foto’s honour will become an annual event.

Anyone who would like to participate can visit for more details.

-With files from Avery Moore.