I know that blogging, especially blogging about art and design and creativity can seem like a lark at times. That it's all about sunshine and happiness and self-fulfillment and me me me. Okay, it's a BIT about that. But then there are some amazing women who are making it about so.much.more. And I get to hang out with them here next month. We're going to live better, get smarter and do "gooder".
The charity part is raising money to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in the Rulindo District of Rwanda. That's in Africa, baby.
Think about it. Really, stop and think about what YOUR life would be like without easy access to fresh water. Think beyond the obvious of the most dramatic need to have water to stay alive. Of course it's needed for that. But think about the day-to-day. As a young girl. A young girl whose best chance at a better life is getting an education.
You'd probably end up dropping out of school early because you'd need to spend at least a few hours a day walking miles and miles to and from the nearest well. You'd probably end up dropping out of school early because, I'll try and be a bit delicate here, as a teen girl you can't wash yourself well enough that time of the month. It'd be embarrassing. Humiliating.
People NEED fresh, clean water. 800 MILLION of them go without every.day.
Will you donate to my team’s charity: water project? Camp Mighty raised $20,000 last year and we're hoping to beat that this year. ANYTHING you can give will help. Donate directly to Charity:Water Camp Mighty. And when you do, please type "Sandra Harris, Team 4" in the comment box. 100% of ALL donations go directly to Rwanda.
Water changes everything. Thanks for YOUR help!
And a BIG P.S.:
Here's how worlds collide in the blogging world. I love it, I tell you, I.love.it. All that serendipity and connection and coincidence. Reason #287 why I blog - I learn MORE than I could ever find on my own.
A few days ago Erin from Art Social Online wrote a blog post about Chicago Ideas Week. At that SAME conference Scott Harrison gave a presentation on his personal transformation from nightclub promoter to founder and CEO of Charity:Water. Yup, the same charity that I've been talking about. Now THAT'S a 180 degree career change. Here he is: