UT Football Quarterback Gets Dirty for Local Charity

Case McCoy joins Austinites in Shower Strike to give clean water to rural communities in East Africa

AUSTIN -Former University of Texas quarterback Case McCoy is “stinking it up” for a local charity.

McCoy is boycotting bathing this week to help raise funds for the nonprofit Well Aware that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Kenya.

McCoy joins more than 200 people in Austin and beyond who are raising thousands of dollars to help build water systems through Well Aware’s Shower Strike. The global annual fundraiser recruits volunteers to stop showering for one week or until they raise at least $1,000 toward life-saving clean water in Africa.

Schools, businesses and other local celebrities across Austin are making a stink for water. Volunteers including St. Michael’s Catholic Academy and Pflugerville Middle School students have vowed not to shower until they raise more than $4,000 for wells in Africa. The campaign’s overall goal is to raise $150,000, which will provide clean water to more than 15,000 people.

“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 McCoy. “For the cost of one movie ticket, one person will be able to have clean water for decades.”

While many people like Case have chosen to participate in the Shower Strike by skipping showers, Well Aware also offers the chance for anyone to help the cause by donating through www.showerstrike.org.

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. This year’s Shower Strike will provide water to the following:

  • Metta, Kenya - Metta is a community in very dry part of Kenya with an abandoned, unfinished water system. The existing infrastructure there will amplify the impact of this water project that will serve the community of 4,000 people as well as a health clinic and school. Well Aware has partnered with Metta to create a lasting clean water supply that will be the foundation for developments in the area.

  • Tututha, Kenya - Tututha is a primary school in southern Kenya with 500 students and growing. Many children are unable to attend class or have poor test scores because they suffer from water-related illness. Well Aware will rehabilitate a failed water well for the school and provide enough yield for entire community that will transform the area.

  • Kaliini, Kenya - The community of Kaliini relies on spring water that dries up and is also contaminated. This causes high rates of disease and precludes the local clinic from being able to treat patients. Well Aware will implement a new rainwater harvesting system with abundant water storage and purification for the school and clinic.

Well Aware’s Shower Strike began in 2009 and has delivered lasting clean water to more than 30,000 people so far.

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: Former UT quarterback Case McCoy boycotts showers to raise dollars and awareness for Austin charity Well Aware that provides clean water in Africa.

CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Case McCoy or other strikers, contact Sarah Evans, Well Aware executive director, at sarah@wellawareworld.org or 512-431-1679