FOREST CITY – Tom Eggum, founding president of Hope 4 Kids International, will host Iowa’s first Walk 4 Water at Pilot Knob State Park near Forest City on Saturday, Aug. 17.

This event, previously scheduled for June 8, was rescheduled due to Eggum’s health.

Eggum, a native of Thompson, also will be speaking at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, at First Baptist Church in Forest City.

Hope 4 Kids International is celebrating its 40th year of ministry this year. Eggum’s sister, Rachel Eggum Cinader, founder of Hope 4 Women, will be co-hosting the event with him.

Walk 4 Water is an event intended to fund the drilling of deepwater wells in Uganda, as well as raise awareness about the global water crisis.

Deepwater wells are the safest water available to millions of people who would instead be forced to drink from contaminated sources and suffer from life-threatening, albeit preventable diseases.

The walk at Pilot Knob State Park begins at 9 a.m. The walk of approximately 3 miles is a metaphorical representation of the walking that countless women and young people do to acquire water in Uganda.

The goal is to raise enough to drill one deepwater well, which costs approximately $10,000.

Hope 4 Kids International provides hope to kids around the world by bringing necessary care to children through health, dignity, joy and love.

Visit to sign up or sponsor a walker.

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