#herH2Ostory - Toni Ronayne
This week's #WaterWarrior is one of H2O's founding members, Toni Ronayne. Read on to get to know #herH2Ostory.
Q: How do you intend to impact Her H2O story? Speak to reasons this cause is unique from your perspective as a woman/mother/sister/ally of justice
A: It’s hard to believe that this week, 6 years ago, I was on tour with Water Aid in Kenya to see see the impact of the work that we do… and why our mission is so important.
Our cause is a great one because it’s a necessary one. Clean water rights are essential to life on earth- and I am especially passionate about our theme this year centred around advocating for female rights. No matter what country you are living in, women are fighting everyday for equal rights to education, equal pay and fair wages, and in some ways simply the ability to have our voices heard. With Women’s marches held recently across the globe… it’s evident that there is more work for us all to do. Over the last 5 years, when we started this initiative, we knew that we could make a difference for WaterCan- and I am incredibly proud to know that our work has benefitted thousands of lives overseas. In addition, the work that we have done for H20 Toronto has inspired a sisterhood of support locally: with a growing committee of women and a local community of support from our attendees and our sponsors. Being a part of this movement is an incredible gift that inspires others to give, and in some ways we are just getting started.
Q: Describe yourself in 5 words
A: Passionate, Relentless, Creative, Strong, Adventurer
Q: What motivated you to be part of H2OToronto?
A: 7 years ago I was moved by learning about the great work that Water Can does to save lives, and the staggering truth about how many lives are lost due to lack of access to clean water. I knew that there was something that I had to do to impact change, and to create awareness within my local community. It’s incredibly difficult to understand how lives could be lost through lack of access to water and basic sanitization education- with all of the billions of people on the planet, and resources available. What started as a grass roots initiative grew into our first event… with every $25 raised providing one person clean water for life in Africa.
Q: Tell us a memory associated with water
A: There are so many! For me, anytime that I can be in nature near a big body of water- the ocean, sitting by a lake, or whitewater rafting on a river- this is when I feel the most at peace and connected. This fall we had the opportunity to attend a friend’s wedding in Cabo San Lucas. We decided to take a boat out to enjoy the sun, and see El Arco (the iconic rock formations) in the water. It was a perfect day with sun, sand, and translucent blue water. As we approached the edge of the mainland, we stumbled upon hundreds of seals laying out on the rocks- between the ocean air, and the incredible company, it was a perfect day.