Greensboro, NC -- A group of Guilford County High School students are running a very long distance to raise enough money to buy water filtration systems for Haiti.
Sydney Cheek, Kensey Davidson and Hayley Preister are just some of the runners involved in the group. They joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about their efforts and why they got involved.
"My freshmen year we ran from Greensboro to Washington, D.C.," said Cheek. "I was amazed at how far we were running and how much money we were giving to Haiti. And that we were having a direct impact on people in Haiti, it was amazing."
The group is running the same 600 mile stretch again in March and training has already begun. "We run a lot," said Preister. "Most of us run track or cross country so we're already doing some conditioning," she added.
The weekend of the run will be not be easy, but they're ready for the challenge.
"We do relay runs, so we'll have three to five girls out at one time. We'll stop at churches along the way and stay there. Each day we'll run two or three times and we'll run at 4 mile intervals," said Preister.
Kensey Davidson saw first hand how their efforts help people who live there.
"I got the chance to visit Haiti in 2010 and we distributed some of the water filters that we raised money for," said Davidson. "It was really cool to see all the people and meet them and see how appreciative they were. We got to see their living conditions and all the rivers that had the cholera bacteria," she added.
The run takes place March 28-31, 2014 but they're fundraising now and taking donations. To donate and to learn more information about the group, click here.
"Knowing something as simple as clean water can save lives. That's serious stuff that we don't think about here in America."
WFMY News 2