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:
Thirst for Water
Thirst, which launched 2012, is a grassroots education and innovation organisation focused on raising awareness about the water crisis amongst the next generation.
Thirst recently celebrated it’s 500,000th graduate from its education programs, collaborates with over 400 schools, has over 900 qualified volunteers to teach its programs, had 200,000 students participate in its innovation competitions, operates through 3 offices in 28 cities, and is endorsed by the Chinese Government.
The 7 Deserts Run
A world first - this involved me running 40 marathons across seven deserts on seven continents in just seven weeks. All for one reason – water. Why 40 marathons? To represent the 40% shortfall in the supply of water which is forecast by 2030.
It was an epic and incredible adventure. I discovered the sheer enormity of the water problem that we are facing, through stories told by the people we met along the way. I'm now working to tell their stories to the rest of the world.
The 6 River Run
In support of raising awareness about Global Goal 6 (water), starting on World Water Day (22 March 2017), I ran down six of the world’s great rivers, on six continents in just six weeks.
This expedition consisted of 40 marathons in 40 days to highlight the water crisis, and to showcase how our consumer behaviour links us to some of the major water issues in the world – even those not on our own doorsteps.