Friday, December 3, 2010

In the spirit of giving • charity: water • charity: ball on December 13

The past few years have been a wake-up call for so many people. Gone are the days of buying tons of expensive gifts for all of your friends and family. Although it's nice to receive, we've all learned how important it is to give...especially to those who are in need. In the spirit of giving, I want to share with you an organization that is truly making a difference. And with your help...they can elevate their mission to a whole new level.

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund sustainable water projects in areas of greatest need. In our day to day lives, it's hard to imagine not having clean water; something we as a nation take for granted. But right now almost a billion people on the planet don't have access to clean, safe drinking water. That's one in eight of us!!! 80% of all sickness on the planet is caused by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation. It kills more people each year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more that three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. These facts are overwhelming, and completely heart-wrenching. It's time to pay attention to this devastating situation! It's time to do our part. As little as $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years! We can't afford not to give!!!

Over the years I've given to many causes...but really never saw the actual effects of my donations. One of my favorite things about charity: water is they are closing the loop. They are proving each water project by connecting donors here with people they've helped in developing nations. Using GPS technology, photography, video and the Internet, charity: water proves all work done in the field, telling stories of communities changed by clean and safe drinking water. I don't know about you, but that would make me feel pretty darn good!

In it's 5th year, charity: water is hosting their annual charity: ball on Monday, December 13th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. And for the 5th year, Adrian Grenier is hosting this multimedia exhibition and gala evening to benefit the work of charity: organization very dear to his heart. It's no secret that Adrian is a champion for environmental and social causes worldwide, and that's why he continues to be one of our favorite Eco-celebrities. But what can a night out on the town really accomplish? A lot more than most people think. charity: ball 2009 proved this - 1,200 guest attended, 125 volunteers gave their time and guests donated more than $1.8 million. By the end of the evening, charity: water had raised enough money to serve a million people with clean, safe water. That's a lot for just one night, even in New York City! And guests had a chance to participate in the Waterwalk, where they lugged Jerry Cans full of water across the Waterwalk to get a taste of life in rural Africa. They wrote notes to be hand-delivered to a community in Ethiopia that will receive a well this year. The event was a huge success, and this year is shaping up to be another triumphant occasion. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased here, and 100% of the price of your ticket will benefit the work of charity: water and help them grow. If you are in the New York area, the charity: ball is one not to be missed. Guest will team up with celebrities and businesses to LEARN, GIVE and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

To learn more about how charity: water builds water wells and how these wells improve the lives of millions of people, visit their website. It's not just about providing clean water to bathe and drink. These wells are the catalyst to disease prevention, gender equality, improved food supply, better hygiene, putting kids in school, and building a sustainable future for these developing nations.

This is such an inspirational cause and I urge everyone to get involved. Please take a look at the work charity: water is doing. It will warm your heart and you WILL want to get involved. Find out how you can help by volunteering or making a donation. Everybody can afford to give $20.00. Please reach into your hearts and your wallets and let's help charity: water continue to make a difference in the lives of millions!

Thank you for your support and happy holidays from your Green with Envy girls!

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