My name is Joe Pelt, and I am freshman at the Florida State University. I am majoring in Biology in plans to become a doctor, move to Africa and devolop hospitals in areas of highest need.
I first learned about the water crisis in Africa as an eighth grader. As years passed, I began learning more and more about this crisis, and at the close of my senior in high school I became determined to do something to help. I wanted to start a fundraising organization to build water wells in Africa. For months I sought ideas from others, prayed and thought of how I could help. After months and months of no luck, I finally discovered gold when I received an email from Launch FSU, a program that assists students in developing nonprofit organizations.
With a desire to execute a cycling fundraiser, I sat in an interview chair in hopes of being admitted into Launch FSU. As I informed the founder, Chris Markl, that I wanted to do a cycling fundraiser, his eyes lit up as he excitedly responded, "Joe, I have led two coast to coast bicycle fundraisers. If you are serious about this, you have the potential to start something great."
Following this interview, the next four months consisted of hours and hours of organization, making decisions, and planning the Well Ride.
So, that is my story. I am passionate about helping bring hope to thousands through providing clean water sources. In light of the fact that the lack of clean water kills more people than HIV, malaria and the measels combined, I am determined to raise money for water wells in Africa. I will forever be grateful for any donations contributed to this project.
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