SUMMIT, NJ - More than 50 runners and walkers from Renaissance Church have been raising funds that will provide clean water to more than 1,600 people in Africa. Through the NYCRUNS half-marathon set for October 19 in Brooklyn, the group -- in partnership with Team World Vision -- has already raised $81,000, more than their goal of $75,000.

Just $50 provides the infrastructure to bring lasting water to one person. Donations are still being accepted.

In addition to raising funds for clean water, two team members who are running full marathons for World Vision are seeking sponsors for children. While also establishing a more personal connection, these sponsorships benefits entire communities as World Vision directs funds to fight the causes of poverty and injustice, whether it’s for clean water, schools, medical facilities, or other needs.

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World Vision is a humanitarian organization and the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the world, working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty by addressing issues around clean water, hunger, health, education, economic empowerment, and child protection. 

“Renaissance Church is extremely proud of our team for moving their feet for vulnerable children," said Jennifer Hinger, Team Captain and Director of Communications at Renaissance Church. "We run or walk so that children don’t have to walk six kilometers for contaminated water, and so that we can end the clean water crisis in our lifetime. Team World Vision is an incredible way to step out into faith and out of our comfort zones to make the world a better place,”

Hinger added, "There are 785 million people in the world without access to clean water, but that number last year was 884 million and it used to be billions. We’re proud to be a part of making a difference.”

Renaissance Church runners in 2017 and 2018 raised a combined $115,000 for Team World Vision, one of Renaissance Church’s initiatives through its 'Ren Cares' ministry. 'Ren Cares' empowers the church's family to use its time, talents, and treasures to care for the needs of people within the community and around the world.

For more information about Renaissance Church, visit renchurch.com. For ways to support Team World Vision, visit: renchurch.com/twv or contact twv@renchurch.com.