April 19, 2016
Devin Street gets dirty to give clean water to rural communities in East Africa
DALLAS – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Street is boycotting bathing to help raise funds for the nonprofit Well Aware that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya.
Street joins hundreds of people in Dallas and beyond that are raising thousands of dollars to help build water systems through Texas-based nonprofit Well Aware’s Shower Strike which begins Earth Day April 22 through midnight April 30. The global annual fundraiser recruits volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they each raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water.
Street joins schools, businesses and other local celebrities across the country that are making a stink for water. The Patt Christopher Project, another Dallas-area striker - has raised funds for five water systems impacting more than 20,000 lives in East Africa during the past five years. This Shower Strike will fund their sixth water system.
“I’m participating in Well Aware’s Shower Strike because I know our efforts are life changing for the thousands of people who will have clean water,” said Street. “For the people we are helping, a clean drink of water is a luxury. A shower is unheard of. It's the least we can do stop bathing for a week so that others can live.”
Every $10 raised during Shower Strike provides clean water to a person for 20 to 30 years. A 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: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Street boycotts bathing to raise dollars and awareness for Austin charity Well Aware that provides clean water in Africa.
CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Devin Street or other strikers, contact Lisa Griffin, Griffin Media Management, at LisaGriffin@GriffinMediaManagement.com or 202-627-9109.