BENEFITING: GRAND TRAVERSE BAY WATERSHED INITIATIVE INC
EVENT DATE: Aug 12, 2017
Staci Haag wrote -
Every day I am home, my path downtown, or to my brother’s house, takes me near an old railroad bridge over the Boardman river. The simple beauty of the river, that leads to one of this nation’s greatest natural resources, Lake Michigan often takes my breath away.
But Lake Michigan is more than just something nice to look at. It is a critical source of clean water. Together the Great Lakes account for 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater. That is 6 QUADRILLION gallons.
There is an old parable, about a boy, walking down a beach, tossing starfish that have washed ashore back into the ocean. A man asks him why he is bothering, points down to the thousands and thousands of starfish that had washed ashore and said, “you can’t save them all, what is the point.” The boy looks at him, picks up a starfish, tosses it into the water, and says, “I just helped that one.”
None of us can fix the world, but we can all do our part to help.
One of the things I do is volunteer with the Watershed Center. The swim is important to me as one of the things I do that not only helps my local community, but supports a resource that is critical for the millions of people that rely on Lake Michigan for clean water.
Everything I have written above is why I am going to swim two miles this August to raise money for Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.
Again, this year, my brother Chad will be doing it with me, and a lot of other people all committed to preserving this great natural resource, not just for Travers City, but for the millions of people who rely on Lake Michigan for their freshwater.
Again, this year, we need help. We’ll take care of the swim. I’ve already starting training and Chad claims he will start soon.
We need you to help support our swim with a donation of $100, $50, $25, or the most you can afford.
The world is crazy right now. There are so many conflicts and it seems that people are capable of fighting to the death over what color of blue the sky is.
But there is one thing that I think everyone can agree one.
We need clean water to live. To survive. To thrive.
The Watershed Center is a great organization, and no matter where you are in the world, the work it does impacts you.
It advocates for clean water and specifically focuses on protecting the Grand Traverse Bay’s nearly 1,000 square-mile watershed. S
o please, take a moment and donate what you can to support this swim and the Watershed Center.
Thank you for your support last year, this year and in all my crazy endeavors. I think this is one we can all get behind and I hope you agree.