Brothers Walk Miles to “Bear the Burden” for Clean Water
By Dana Colon
SPRING HILL – Nearly 700 million people around the world live without access to clean water, resulting in the death of approximately one child every 19 seconds. Brothers Chris and Brian Perry, of Spring Hill, say they those statistics are unacceptable so they decided to do something about it.
This month the siblings joined with the organization charity: water and started “The Bear the Burden” campaign. In an effort to raise awareness, the brothers are walking 4.2 miles a day, while carrying 40lbs of water over their heads – mimicking the daily task of women and children in third-world countries.
According to the pair, time spent gathering water takes away from their ability to work and attend school. Furthermore, the water retrieved is contaminated and unsanitary, leading to illness and death. After six days, of walking with water to raise money and awareness, the brothers decided to shift gears in hopes of getting more support. They now plan create an online challenge similar to the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” called “The Clean Water Challenge”. In this challenge, the participant simply states “I say yes to humanity” on video, donates $5.00, and then forwards the challenge on to three other people.
The Perry brothers say charity: water is able to provide clean water to one person for every $20.00 raised. And 100% of the donations go directly to the project itself, which provides funding to create and sustain filtration systems to those in need. Participants in the challenge will be able to view live video updates of the project and receive GPS coordinates via Google to see exactly where their money is going.
Brian says, “The love for humanity is why we are doing this; we dream of a world without war, where people have what they need to live like: water, food, shelter and education. We are dreamers and want to see people at peace and happy.”
If interested in participating in “The Bear the Burden” campaign you can do so by clicking on the following link https://my.charitywater.org/christopher-perry/yes-to-humanity
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