Keiko Yamamoto

Workout for Water - UNICEF

My Activity Tracking


My target 42 kms

I'm taking part in Workout for Water...

... to help change the world for thousands of children. The funds we raise will help UNICEF to complete the Lega and Yelam Gej multi-village solar-powered water systems in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

The challenge for UNICEF staff is to walk a marathon in the week between Saturday 24th - Friday 30th August. 42 kilometres (26 miles) is about the average distance a child walks every week to collect water in parts of Ethiopia.

By supporting me in this challenge, you'll be helping children to have a better future. They won't have to walk for hours every day to collect water; leaving time for more important things like playing with friends or going to school.

You can join me in fundraising or help me to reach my goal by donating to my page here.

All donations are in USD.

My Updates


I DID IT!!! #Workoutforwater

An extremely rewarding experience.

Fundraising goal was to complete walking a marathon - 42 kilometers (26 miles) - between 24-30 August, and raise $250 to help UNICEF bring clean water systems to remote regions of Ethiopia. I decided to run it - I ran 45K, and raised $350!!!

I am not a strong runner. It took a lot of discipline to convince myself to go for a run everyday so that I could complete this distance within the week. Sharing my daily progress in photos here. My legs started to fail me on the 5th day of running. Struggling through this, I kept thinking, "kids have to do this every week? AND they have to carry water??!!" I wasn't carrying anything, and my body was crying! I have so much respect for those kids, and I appreciate the privilege of having ready access to clean water. I am happy that I have contributed - even if it's just a little - to this cause.

It was not easy, but all your donations have encouraged me to keep going! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!

Day 6: 7K

My legs are tired & painful ... moving very slow.

But must complete my marathon distance!!

Kids in Ethiopia go through this every week??!!

Day 5: 8.1K


Running after 10K was a struggle.  Took my time today through my usual running path.

Pleasant and comforting thought during this evening run: the sky turns my favorite color here - pink.

Day 4: 10K


Ran home from work. 

Went the long way round to make 10K. 

Some sight-seeing while running: Ran past the Jet d'Eau at the Geneva lake, then a bit further down, found where the river Arve and the river Rhone met.  Also ran through thhe Bois de la Batie, which was recommended by a colleague.

Fun! but 10K is rough!!

Day 3: 8.06K


Nothing interesting during my run today.

Ended up running aimlessly to make it to 5 miles.  Was rather hot.

Extending to 6 miles tomorrow!  Will I make it???

Day 2: 6.47K


Ventured past my usual running path, and was greeted by a weasle weaving in & out of underneath parked cars.  My 1st weasle sighting!!  So excited!

Running some more tomorrow.

Day 1: 5K


Kicked off #workoutforwater with a morning 5K run.

Tiny chihuahua tried to bite of my ankles - barely got away! ;-)

Feeling confident that I'll be able to do this.  42K, her I come!

Thank you to my Sponsors


Kyoko Toyama


Amaledech Kassa

Congrats Keiko!



Go Keiko!!!!



Congrats Keiko! That is amazing.


Keiko Yamamoto


Jared G Osborne

Good Job Love!


Mark Diller



Andre Knights




Jackson Pietsch

Go get em!!


Miguel Mateos

No pain, no (fundraising) glory ;)


Naomi Ichikawa

Ei Ei Oh!


Chikako Miyoshi



Linda Brown

Hi Keiko: Glad you made your goal. Happy to help in such a worthy cause.


Wendy Foster

Good luck!