One of our company’s community outreach programs of which I am most proud is our work with the Thirst Project. This nonprofit organization is the world’s leading youth water activism organization dedicated to building freshwater wells in developing nations and impoverished communities to provide people with safe, clean water.
In just nine years of existence, Thirst Project has raised $8.8 million to build 2,217 projects in 13 countries. Not only that, the organization is nearly 74 percent successful in reaching its ambitious goal of providing clean drinking water to the entire kingdom of Swaziland, located in southern Africa, by 2022.
I first learned about Thirst Project in 2011 when I met the organization’s dynamic, young CEO, Seth Maxwell, 29. Upon seeing Seth’s passion for ending the global water crisis, I knew American Structurepoint had to get involved. After all, providing safe, clean water to improve quality of life is part of our DNA.
Our $73,000 in contributions to the Thirst Project work has produced six new wells that pump clean, safe water to people in desperate need of this essential resource. We recently received a video of our latest well that provides clean water to the village of Ondiyaneni. Please consider supporting this organization in bringing clean water to those who need it most. To learn more, click here.
1,600 miles. 17 days. 1 mission.
One of our clients who combines his passion for charity organizations and bike riding is at it again. Real estate developer Jim Frey and four of his friends are going on a 17-day bike ride from Minneapolis to New Orleans to raise $200,000 for the Women’s Global Cancer Alliance (WGCA), a Louisville-based organization that helps women in developing countries live healthier lives.
Jim’s team, known as the FivexFives, begin their ride on October 15. They plan to cover 95 miles a day for 17 days along the Mississippi River, concluding on Halloween. Each team member has been affected in some way by cancer through friends and relatives who serve as the inspiration for their ride.
Three years ago, Jim completed a nine-day solo bike ride benefitting WGCA that raised $80,000. Jim is excited about the 2017 trek that more than doubles the monetary goal for WGA and doubles the first ride’s distance.
“I have participated in many fundraising rides over the years, but this one is particularly close to my heart,” Jim said. “WGCA is doing great work across the world to treat and defeat cervical cancer, and I’m very proud to do something to support their cause.”
I invite you follow to Jim’s journey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube by searching for “FivexFivesRide.” More importantly, please donate to the cause by clicking here and click on the “Donate Now” button.