Walkathon – Walk for Water

The Walkathon is an annual KKL-JNF initiative where interenational missions become acquainted with Israel by foot, in a challenging and especially meaningful trek to raise funds, each year for a different project to support Israel's water economy.

March 2011 Walkathon. KKL Archives.
Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive
Since 1994, Walkathon delegations from England, France and Australia come to Israel three times a year. After enlisting sponsors in their home countries to donate to KKL-JNF, the participants come to tour Israel and get to know the country better.
Mr. Frederic Nordmann, president of KKL France, spoke about the 2010 Water Walkathon: "The first KKL France Water Walkathon for Israel was held in 1998, in honor of Israel's fiftieth birthday. Water was always a challenge for Israel and will continue to be a challenge in the future, so we wanted to do something to heighten people's awareness of this critical issue. We are not 'friends of KKL-JNF from France', we are KKL-JNF. Every year, we hike a different part of the country. We do the north in April or May, and the south in March. Each of the participants paid for all their expenses, along with making a donation towards developing Adulam Park, which is a project of KKL France." 
Several past missions included:
  • March 2011 - Some eighty Friends of KKL-JNF France committed to a week of hiking tours designed to express solidarity with the Israeli State and help raise money for the establishment of water reservoirs in the Negev.


  • October 2010 - Friends of KKL-JNF UK Walk in the Galilee to renovate reservoirs in the Negev. Its members have adopted two major KKL-JNF projects: The establishment of water reservoirs at Negba and Masuot Yitzhak, which together place an additional 600 thousand cubic meters at the disposal of farmers in Kibbutz Negba and the surrounding area.


  • May 2010 - KKL-JNF Australia's Walk for Water, a five-day walkathon along the streams of Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights.


  • April 2010 - In cooperation with KKL-JNF, the Israel Cancer Association sponsored for the second time a joint-walkathon in Aminadav Forest in the Jerusalem Mountains.


  • March 2010 - KKL-JNF France Water Walkathon, a four-day hike in the Judean Desert, concluded their walk at Adulam Park in the Lower Judean Mountains.


  • April 2006 - Two KKL-JNF France delegations comprised of some 160 members walked through the Judean Mountains and the Lower Judean Plain.


  • March 2003 - A 120-member delegation of KKL-JNF France trekked for four days over 80 kilometers in the Negev-Dead Sea area, raising support to alleviate the country’s chronic water shortage.


  • November 2002 - KKL-JNF friend in Britain and Ireland trekked across some 100 km of desert landscape in the Arava, inaugurating the recently completed experimental reservoir at Lavan River.