This post has nothing to do with baking. It’s about clean water and the fact that nearly 800 million people lack access to it.
“Charity:Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and we prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map.”
In 2011, I picked up the book Start Something That Matters with high expectations. I simply had high expectations because the individual who wrote the book, Blake Mycoskie, is the founder of TOMS shoes. Little did I know I would also come to find out about other business’s who are not in business to simply exist or make money. In fact, they are in business to do good and help change this world in impactful ways. One organization I read about was charity:water. I went to their website and very briefly looked at it. It turns out years later I found out that my visit shouldn’t have been brief. In fact, it should have been continuous and on going because I have the very same dream in this world as the founder, Scott Harrison. I know that maybe odd. But it is true.
August 15th there was an event in Fargo, ND called Health Pitch, which showcased some of our region’s innovators that are creating a better and healthier world. Much to my delight the keynote speaker was Scott Harrison and I knew I had to go. Not only that, I wanted to go and needed to go because I was interested in this organization. Many people are unaware that 1 in 6 or 7 or 8 (depending on what statistic one looks at) in this world lack access to clean drinking water. I learned about some in this in 2008 when I started becoming more concerned about others (near and far) and less concerned about what I needed. I already had all my basic needs met and far beyond that since the minute I entered this world.
August 17th I competed in my first triathlon. My number was 333, which I thought was cool for some reason? It was a sprint although it took me a very long time! I failed to trained and finished LAST in my age category! How pathetic. I’m used to finishing in the top 50% when I run any race. My lack of preparation is clearly starting to become a problem. Anyways, that is not the point. The race consisted of swimming 750 meters, biking 12.5 miles and running 3.1 miles. The entire time I was biking and much of the time I spent running all I could think about was charity:water. I already looked into volunteering alongside charity:water and 3+ months of experience in a developing country is a prerequisite. I only have 3 weeks combined from my two travels to Guatemala.
The last time I was ever this passionate about something in my life (and the only other time) was meeting children and families in May 2008 in Guatemala. Charity:water feels like my calling. I’ve never wanted to be apart of any other movement more that this. I’ve watched hours of videos from their website and feel more and more compelled to take action.
So, just before I finished my very first sprint triathlon painfully slow I vowed that I was going to train for 1+ years and compete in an actual iron man (swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles) for charity:water. I don’t have the strength to do hardly anything by myself. But when 800 million people lack access to clean water a full triathlon seems like a piece of cake. Those people lose up to 8 hours of their life every day going to gather DIRTY water for their family. They are missing out on many simple opportunities I take for granted every day I get to wake up. I refuse to not do anything about this problem because is it solvable. Dedicating a few hours of my life every day (ok, this is a lie. most days!) to train will be absolutely nothing compared to what millions of individuals just like you and me must do everyday when they should not have to. It doesn’t matter who you are or what country you live in CLEAN WATER needs to be apart of your daily life. I cannot help but be insanely inspired by water:charity and am committed to helping them change lives.
GOAL: BRING CLEAN WATER TO 3,330 INDIVIDUALS (remember my bib number? I found out exactly why I thought it was so awesome). 333 wasn’t good even for me and it shouldn’t be for you either. $99,900 dollars that needs to be raised. Do you think we can do this? I’m just crazy enough to believe it!!
The actual race will not happen until 2014 or 2015. I would love to say next year however these races are expensive. I need to save money for a bike and just to register for the race. Right now I’m thinking 2015. I know it’s so far away but that will not deter me from my goal. I’m so grateful Scott came to FARGO. He changed my life when he did.
Want to help solve the water crisis? Give up your next birthday and every one after that! http://www.charitywater.org/birthdays/
WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING.