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15.06.2007 Health

Stars come out to help run the world

By Hello Magazine

Hilary Swank and Kelly Holmes highlight water shortages

Get your trainers on – and your wallet out – to help support a brand-new initiative aimed at raising awareness of, and helping to combat, the water shortage that affects the world's poor. With a team of relay runners – 'ordinary' people chosen from all walks of life to represent the international community – the Blue Planet Run kicked off in New York on 1 June, 2007, with Hilary Swank at the start line to show her support.

Over 95 days and covering 15,200 miles across the world, the relay run will raise awareness of the billion people worldwide who do not have access to safe drinking water. The event – also backed by Olympian Kelly Holmes – hit London on 7 June before continuing through to Dover, across to Europe, Russia, China, Japan and ending back in New York on 4 September, 2007.

To find out more about the run and how you can participate in the "first global mobile effort to make safe drinking water a universal reality", go to