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Register for the 2017 Lug-a-Jug 6k walk! Our second annual event will be held on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill.

About Lug-A-Jug

The first annual Lug-a-Jug 6k walk was held on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill.

The Lug-A-Jug event is sponsored by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, United Solar Initiative (USI), whose mission is to empower under-served communities with solar energy solutions. USI is in a partnership with World Vision, the largest non-government provider of clean water in the world, to help address the issue of water poverty. In this partnership, USI has been tasked to help install solar panels on 100 World Vision water pumps, with 10 installations in 10 different countries. A solar-powered water pump can power the distribution of clean drinking water to an average of 800 individuals per pump. These pumps are to be placed in communities across Sub-Saharan Africa, as a local solution for individuals who travel on average 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) each day to find clean drinking water. These individuals, often women and children, are usually unable to attend school or get a job as a result of spending many hours of their day fetching water.

The Lug-A-Jug event does not only raise money for these installations, but also raises awareness of the condition of these water-scarce communities. Teams of 5-10 people carry one 5-gallon jug for 3 kilometers unfilled, then 3 kilometers filled. This walk is designed to model the journey many individuals in under-served communities take every day to provide clean drinking water for their families. Teams are tasked to finish the walk as quickly as possible, without letting their jugs touch the ground or spilling any water in the process.

Thank you to everyone who participated in United Solar Initiative’s first annual Lug-a-Jug 6k walk!


We were thrilled that 75 people came out on October 15, 2016 for the first annual Lug-a-Jug at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill.  With your support and generous donations, we were able to raise $5,000 to purchase solar panels for USI’s next projects in Africa!

We hope you will join us again on September 30th! See you then! 


If you would like to volunteer at the Lug-A-Jug event in fall 2017, we have plenty of opportunities for you to help! See a few of the options below.

  • Help set up and facilitate participant sign-ins
  • Help direct (and encourage!) participants along the course
  • Help with crowd control after the race and during lunch
  • Help with cleanup after the event

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