Students and teachers from Garneau Elementary School in Edmonton hit the streets yesterday to raise money in an effort to help people in Uganda gain access to clean water.

A procession of beaming and laughing schoolchildren carried water-filled milk cartons down 110 Avenue, walking 5,000 steps and raising over $1,500.

The idea for the fundraiser came after Ryan Hreljac, the founder of Ryan’s Wish Foundation, gave a presentation at the school and informed the children that some people have to walk nearly 5,000 steps just to get to clean water.

With their teacher’s help, the students organized the fundraiser and even designed T-shirts to wear during the walk.

Rachel Notley, MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona, attended the fundraiser to show her support for the student’s efforts.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “The community in Uganda will benefit tremendously and the kids have learned that there are people in the world that aren’t as well off as they are.”