Wild Pencil Makers of United Nations International School via Crowdrise
November 19, 2013
BENEFITING: It Starts With Soccer
Last year, my then 7 year old son, saw an assembly in school about how many children in the world do not have clean drinking water. He also learned that water is even more important than food for survival--he was very surprised to learn that most people can only survive 3 days without water. He immediately wanted to raise money to buy a clean water pump for a village in need. Because he was inspired by those kids in the assembly video, he together with our family, raised enough money for a pump. My son was elated with this result and thinks about clean water for kids almost every time he takes a drink.
This year, he would like to raise enough money to buy at least two pumps, and sure could use your help. Any money raised will be given directly to those in need and your generosity of spirit will most importantly save lives, but also teach my son that there are enough good people in the world to make a difference. This is a lesson that will hopefully stay with him as he grows up and allow him to become a generous and optimistic young man. As we all know, the world can use generous optimistic people!
This year the money he raises will go to those affected by the Typhoon in the Phillipines. As explained by Fox News and the Associated Press:
"...safe water is desperately scarce in this storm-ravaged portion of the Philippines. Without it, people struggling to rebuild and even survive risk catching intestinal and other diseases that can spread if they're unable to wash properly.
While aid agencies work to provide a steady supply, survivors have resorted to scooping from streams, catching rainwater in buckets and smashing open pipes to obtain what is left from disabled pumping stations. With at least 600,000 people homeless, the demand is massive."
My son is also very passionate about soccer (or football to many around the globe). He practices up to 5 times a week and knows that this game is beloved by people from all parts of the planet, including those who don't have clean water. This game is a great equalizer, where all players are the same once they step onto the pitch.
As part of his practices, he juggles the ball. His record this summer was 225 juggles. I promised him if he beat it, we would do something special. So after lots of practice, he did beat his record and reached 407 juggles. He is currently working on beating this record. This fundraiser is the something special to inspire him to keep going with juggling, soccer and helping people. We would love it if you would donate any amount to his cause of helping to provide clean drinking water. We have included pictures and will be uploading a video soon so you can see him in action!!! There is also a photo of him reading a speech for an award he received last year for raising enought money to buy a pump. Think about it--you would help those in need (saving lives) and reinforce in my son that charity is good and people are good. Its really a win win situation!