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Guest columnist Liza Weidle.
Cary, NC- On May 16, two brothers – Ben and Rob Somerville – will set out from Cary on a 3-month motorcycle trip to raise awareness for the world water crisis. Their mission is to raise $1 dollar per mile for each rider. This means every mile they travel makes a difference.
The goal is to raise $15,000, enough money to provide for at least 750 people. The route begins at their home in Cary, North Carolina, heads down south into Florida, traveling west through the southern states, north through California, and back east across the northern states.
Trip To Haiti Sparked Idea
The idea for the project was sparked last summer as Ben traveled to Guatemala and Haiti where he noticed the lack of clean water and wells. “Every week, millions of women and their children walk more than 14 miles just to get water for their families. Most of this water is contaminated, but it’s the only water they have. They take the chance of catching diseases like bilharzias and schistosomiasis (parasites) – with every sip,” said Ben.
At first he felt like there was nothing he could do to change it. Then he learned about the charity.water organization and started talking to his brother about a plan that involved “No hotels, no luggage space, just two guys and the open road.” As Ben says, “Sounds rough, right? Well imagine doing all of that without clean water.”
The brothers formed RideWater and partnered with “charity:water” because of their unique model that donates 100% of the proceeds raised to water projects.
Facts about water
“Our sense of adventure combined with the mission to raise awareness for clean water, formed the foundation that we built the rest of the trip on,” said Ben.
Charity: water has selected 17 developing countries to focus their efforts and impact. These areas have very limited access to a safe water supply, high rates of water-related deaths and exemplary local partners working to implement sustainable projects that tip the scale. Globally, the greatest water needs are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, so most of the projects are located in those regions.
Consider making a donation today and be sure to follow the brothers on the route. Pictures and videos will be available at the end – proceeds from those will also benefit charity: water.