Envision Financial and Run for Water partner on unique initiative to build global connections amongst students

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – During a time of distancing and separation, Envision Financial and Run for Water are partnering on an initiative called “Envision a Better World Pen Pal Program” aimed at building connections between local students and students in Ethiopia.

Over the past ten years, Envision Financial and Run for Water have partnered on numerous initiatives, including the annual Run for Water event and Envision a Better World Program that educates local students on issues of global inequality, social responsibility and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic causing these events and programs to be postponed or cancelled, there was a significant funding gap to support the important work Run for Water undertakes to provide sustainable, clean water sources in Ethiopian villages.

As a result, Envision Financial stepped in to provide a $50,000 donation to ensure this vital work could continue in addition to helping initiate the pen pal program.

“The pandemic hasn’t erased the need for clean water access and the need to educate our youth on important global issues such as inequality and sustainability,” says David Lanphear, President, Envision Financial. “We are excited to continue our long-time partnership with Run for Water and support their important work, especially during a time of economic uncertainty.”

The pen pal program will encourage local students to connect with students in Buluk— the chosen Ethiopian community set to have a clean water system installed and school built— through traditional hand-written letters.

“We are beyond excited to initiate this new program to enable students the opportunity to hear each other’s stories, learn from one another and build strong connections,” says Peg Peters, Executive Director, Run for Water. “Above and beyond that, I can’t stress enough how important this donation is in bringing clean water and proper education to the 1,500 children living in Buluk.”

The letters will be sent off to Ethiopia starting in a couple of weeks.

Company Information

About Envision Financial

Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking and investment services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 46 branches throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Envision Financial, visit

About Run for Water

Run For Water is an Abbotsford-based charity committed to empowering vulnerable communities across rural Ethiopia through access to clean water and education. Run for Water was founded in 2007 with a vision of staging top tier sporting events which would raise awareness and funds to support those in the developing world who lack one of life’s basic necessities – clean water. The organization hosts annual running events in Abbotsford & Calgary, and a biking event in Chilliwack, British Columbia. It has raised over $4,000,000 to date – with funds all being directed to clean water projects in the most rural and marginalized communities in Ethiopia.


Media Contacts

Josh Juhlke

Communications Manager
c: 604.309.6066  

Peg Peters

Executive Director
Run for Water
t: 604-226-1364