Mina Guli found her vehicle for community mobilisation in one of the most unlikely of places – running.
Mina never considered herself an athlete. In fact, it wasn’t until a poolside accident saw Mina’s doctors telling her she’d never run again that she saw running as something more than physical activity. Her determination to defy those limitations resulted in her swimming and cycling and eventually – running.
Running became the activity that underlined Mina’s determination and motivation to tackle the impossible. Marrying running with her passion for addressing the global water crisis came naturally. Here’s where it’s taken her:
100 Marathons in 100 Days #RunningDry
Starting with the New York City Marathon on the 4th November 2018, #RunningDry launched with Mina’s undertaking of 100 marathons in 100 Days to ignite a global conversation about saving water and changing the way we use, consume and think about water.
After 62 marathons in 62 days, Mina ran so hard she broke her leg, but by that point #RunningDry had taken on a momentum that even Mina didn’t anticipate. Where Mina’s body let her down, the community she mobilised was running alongside her to pick her up. More…
The 7 Deserts Run
By 2030, global water demand will be 40% greater than supply – 40%. Mina literally ran with this statistic as she tackled 40 marathons across 7 deserts, on 7 continents in 7 weeks – fuelled by the burning desire to raise awareness of the global water crisis. More…
The 6 River Run
Inspired by the UN’s 6th Sustainable Development Goal addressing water scarcity – Mina found herself running along the banks of six of the world’s greatest rivers, across six continents, in six weeks. More…
Mina has also been a longstanding advocate for addressing climate change and the various issues it presents. Water is central to so many of those issues. To Mina, it’s the obvious place to start. Galvanising the global community around this issue is her passion.
Thirst for Water
Thirst focuses on raising the awareness about the water crisis amongst the next generation through education and innovation. Since its founding in 2012, Thirst has seen more than a million students graduate from its education programs. Operating in 28 cities and having collaborated with over 1,000 schools, Thirst is endorsed by the Chinese Government.
World Water Day
March 22nd is World Water Day, a UN Water initiative dedicated to tackling the water crisis through collective action.
In 2019, World Water Day featured #RunningDry in its global conversation about how we can take action today to ensure we have enough water tomorrow.
100 Water Heroes
Solving the water crisis isn’t going to happen unless we work together. 100 Water Heroes showcases the faces and stories of the global community Mina is so proud to be a part of.
As one member of that community has said, “Individually we can make an impact, but together we can change the world.”
As each project inspires the next, Mina has seen her motivation and determination inspire so many others to engage in the global dialogue around water and take action.
If you want to help Mina keep that momentum going, find out how you can get involved