You know how, when traveling in certain parts of the world, you're advised, "Don't drink the water," so you go out and buy bottled water in order to avoid being sick? Well, unless you're filthy rich, most people can't afford to do that. In many poor countries, women and children spend up to five hours a day collecting dirty water from contaminated streams and ponds. Every 24 hours, illness from unsafe water kills five thousand people, the majority being children under the age of five.
I am trying to raise money to help communities like these build sustainable water projects. On May 31, 2008, I will be walking five kilometers with five gallons (40 lbs) of water to simulate what a typical person in a poor country has to go through every day to access clean water. $50 is enough to ensure that a child has safe water for the rest of his or her life.
To show thanks for your support, every person who donates a minimum of $25 will receive:
A Homemade Batch of Fudge, Mailed to You
- Thanks to Ms. Deborah Rubens
Additionally, you will be entered into a raffle to win some exciting prizes! For each $25 increment donation, your name will be entered to win any one of the following:
Three Days, Two Nights Beach Getaway on the Pacific Coast
- Thanks to Ms. Sally Morris & Family
$100 Flight Voucher
- Thanks to Jet Parts Engineering, Team Red
An Original Painting (Acrylic on Canvas)
- Thanks to Mr. David Kaul
An Original Painting (Mixed Media on Cold Press)
- Thanks to Mr. Matt Lu
One Batch of Homemade Gourmet Cookies of your Choice, Mailed to You
- Thanks to Ms. Eliza Lagerquist
Two Loaves of Delicious, Homemade Banana Bread, Mailed to You
- Thanks to Ms. Audrey Livermore
A Quality Hand Wash of Your Car (Exterior Only)
- Thanks to Mr. Abhinav Rishi
A Handmade, High Quality Journal
- Thanks to Ms. Candace Chin
Two Seattle Mariners Tickets
- Thanks to Mr. Anu Goel
* * * TO DONATE * * *
• Via Credit/Debit Card: Click on the SPONSOR ME NOW! button above! This site is a 100% secure, Verisign approved site and is the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
• Via Cash or Check: Write a check payable to Water 1st International. In the memo, please write "CARRY 5 – Name of the Person You are Sponsoring" and mail your donation to:
Jet Parts Engineering, Inc.
c/o Name of the Person You are Sponsoring
220 W Mercer Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98119
Donations will be accepted until 11:59PM PST on Friday, May 30, 2008.
If you'd like to learn more, I recommend visiting Water 1st International's web site, or simply click here: http://water1st.org/news/2007_gwgl_film.html.
I hope you will join me in changing lives with the gift of water. Thank you for considering this vital cause!!
* * * * * ABOUT MY CHARITY * * * * *
Water First International (www.water1st.org)
Description: Water 1st unites people to fight the global water crisis by helping the poorest communities in the world implement sustainable, community-managed projects that integrate water supply, sanitation, and health education.
Mission: We envision a world free of extreme poverty. Providing people with safe water systems, latrines, and hygiene education is the 1st step to ending the cycle of poverty and death. The lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitary latrines is the top public health problem in the world and the number-one killer of children in the world. Lack of access to clean water has a devastating effect on women and girls who are traditionally responsible for water collection. Water 1st wants to unite people to fight this worldwide, silent catastrophe. We believe the global water crisis will be solved when we build a community of concerned individuals and motivate and mobilize them to take simple, effective actions. People living in extreme poverty have many needs, but we believe water comes first. Water projects are the foundation on which strong communities are built. Through provision of sustainable water, sanitation, and health projects, our goal is to address the most fundamental issues of childhood death, poverty and gender equality.
* * * * * PRIZE GUIDELINES * * * * *
Winners will be chosen on Saturday, May 31, 2008 and announced in June, 2008. All prizes except the travel voucher must be redeemed by 6/1/2009; on 6/1/2009 all uncollected prizes are rendered invalid and prize contributors are not beholden to produce product. All arrangements for the obtaining of prizes need to be made directly with prize contributors. Further details are below:
Three Days, Two Nights Beach Getaway on the Pacific Coast: Located on a cliff looking over the ocean, this cozy cottage is perfect for singles, couples or small families. A panoramic ocean view is obtainable from the front lawn and a full ocean view from the living room. Amenities include a large inside Jacuzzi bath, soothing shower, hot/cold outside shower to rinse off surfers and beach goers, a fully equipped kitchen, two decks (including a large deck overlooking the ocean), a beautiful private garden, charcoal barbeque, antenna TV/VCR/DVD player in the bedroom and a great collection of VHS movies, games and some coast related books. As the property is located on a cliff overlooking the Otter Rock beach and the Devil's Punchbowl, it may not be appropriate or safe for families with small children. http://otterrockrental.com/Welcome.html
$100 Flight Voucher: Flight voucher is applicable to airline of winner’s choosing; restrictions imposed by airlines may apply.
An Original Painting (Acrylic on Canvas): Commission an original painting, 12x24, from Seattle based artist, David Kaul. Originally from California, Kaul has been based out of Seattle, Washington for the last eight years. Combining his design and fine art training, he’s embarked on several projects, exhibiting his work all along the Western seaboard. Kaul works with a large variety of mediums, including screen-printing, acrylics and ink. Some of Kaul’s international corporate work has included assignments from companies such as Sierra Mist, Google, Pacifico, Starbucks and Microsoft. He is the original founder of Olivodoce Art Space in Capitol Hill.
An Original Painting (Mixed Media on Cold Press): Choose an original painting from artist's available collection. Check out his work at: http://division.line.googlepages.com/
One Batch of Homemade Gourmet Cookies of your Choice, Mailed to You: Choose your favorite type of cookie and have them specially baked from scratch and sent to your home!
A Quality Hand Wash of Your Car (Exterior Only): Have the exterior of your car hand washed; limited to donors in the Seattle area.
Two Seattle Mariners Tickets: Good for the Summer of 2008. Seats are in the second row right behind 2nd base! Limited to donors in the Seattle area.