Local man will compete in six iron triathlons on six continents in one year for Well Aware

February 4, 2014

AUSTIN— Bob Shuler will compete in six iron distance triathlons on six continents in 2014 in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record and spark global interest in his cause: raising $10,000 for Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that develops clean water systems in impoverished communities in rural Kenya.

An iron distance triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run. According to Shuler, this challenge does not compare to those faced by women in east Africa, who collectively spend an estimated 200 million hours per day retrieving water.

The 58-year-old completed his first race in Florida earlier this month, and will travel to Australia in March for his second race. Two weeks later, Shuler expects to be in South Africa, then Taiwan, then Spain, and finally Brazil.

During the final running portion of each race, Shuler carries a jerry can with him to raise awareness and as a symbol of the millions of hours spent collecting water by people in parts of Africa.

Shuler works for a company that makes chemicals used to clean drinking water and waste water, and says he was already a supporter of Well Aware’s cause when he found out about the nonprofit. When he learned about the huge impact Well Aware is able to make with its donations, he decided to make them his charity of choice.

“Nearly 15 percent of the earth’s population struggles to acquire the simple, basic necessity that you and I take for granted every day,” says Shuler. “By accomplishing this feat I hope to convince people that another impossible feat, supplying clean water to the world’s children who need it most, is indeed possible.”

“Well Aware is the best possible organization to donate this money to because not only do they ensure their water projects will work, but also that they will provide the most cost-effective use of donor dollars and yield lasting clean water for generations to come,” says Shuler.

According to Sarah Evans, founder and executive director of Well Aware, the nonprofit combines innovation, collaboration, and community involvement to have an exponential impact on the communities it serves.

“If Bob reaches his $10,000 fundraising goal, his individual campaign will provide 670 people with clean water for 20 to 30 years and transform their lives,” says Evans. “We are tremendously grateful for him undertaking this athletic and adventurous campaign on our behalf.”

To donate to Shuler’s campaign or find out more about his journey, visit https://secure.wellawareworld.org/np/clients/wellaware/campaign.jsp?campaign=11.

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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, which 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. In 2014, Well Aware launched its R3 Initiative to rehabilitate existing, non-operational wells. By the end of the year, Well Aware will have delivered life-saving clean water to more than 75,000 people. For more information about Well Aware, visit www.wellawareworld.org.

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Media, please note: To set up an interview with Bob Shuler, please contact him at robert.shuler@kemira.com or 713-557-2441. High res photos available for download at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r91ne88l4hzpir9/hR04GEAwYm.

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