April 15, 2016
Strikers get dirty to give clean water to rural communities in East Africa
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Top local athletes, artists, musicians and breweries are joining local schools and businesses and vowing to not take a bath until enough funds are raised to build water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya through the local nonprofit Well AwareWell Aware.
The Shower Strike is Well Aware’s international fundraiser that recruits volunteers to get dirty, “stink it up” and not bathe for one week or until they each raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water in Africa. The strike begins Earth Day, April 22, and runs through midnight April 30.
Those who vow to NOT bathe until funds are raised include:
Case McCoy, former University of Texas quarterback
Five Austin breweries - Thirsty Planet, Circle Brewing Co., Zilker Brewing Company, Hops & Grain and 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative
Saints of Valory, local Austin Billboard chart-topping band
Devin Street, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver
James and Xavier Silas, NBA players
Actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis from “The Grinder” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
Greg Davis, Austin-based national Geographic Creative photographer
Second graders, more than 100 students from five classes in Iowa
Preschoolers from Academia Preescolar
McCallum High School students
And hundreds more from the Austin area.
“The Shower Strike campaign is the easiest and most fun way to save lives,” said Founder and Executive Director Sarah Evans. “Any and all community development and prosperity begins with clean water. This event is the catalyst for community transformation.”
Every $10 raised during Shower Strike provides clean water to a person for 20 to 30 years. A person or team that raises $1,000 is giving the gift of water to 100 people. The campaign’s overall goal is to raise $150,000, which will provide clean water to more than 15,000 people.
Funds from the strike will contribute to Well Aware’s June Kenya trip to drill new water systems, advise international water charities on their work, and visit past sites for impact measurement.
About Well Aware
Founded in 2006, Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact. The model combines community involvement, strategic non-governmental organization partnerships, technical expertise, and impact measurement to create sustainable solutions that drive economic development and nurture self-sufficient communities. For more information about Well Aware, visit www.WellAwareWorld.org.
CUTLINE: Celebrities, artists and even preschoolers vow to stop bathing to raise money for clean water.