Friday, February 5, 2010

40 Days of Water

Blood:Water Mission sent out a reminder that 40 Days of Water is coming up! I did this last year, and I'd like to do it again. I love that this year, they'll have a place for us to log our drinks, etc. I think that will make things very easy!

The basic idea of 40 Days of Water, is that we, as a community of people with a bevy of choices to eat and drink, choose to drink only water, and set aside the money saved by not buying drinks constantly. At the end of the 40 days, total your accumulated savings, and send to BWM.

If you aren't aware, $1.00 to Blood:Water Mission provides clean drinking water for one person for one entire year. So, say you're someone who drinks a coffee each morning on your way to work, they average $4.00 a cup. $4.00 x 40 days of not buying that coffee = $160.00. You've just provided water for ONE HUNDRED SIXTY PEOPLE.

It adds up, even if you don't buy coffee every day. The little bits we spend on soda, tea, etc all add up to helping give others a basic necessity for survival.

From the BWM Website:


We don't think about it - really. On the way to work, we swing by our favorite coffee shop to grab that jolt to get us started. After a workout, we slurp a blended fruit smoothie to sustain us. In the evening, we get together with friends over beverages to celebrate the end of another day.

What if we didn't have those choices? What if water was the only option to sustain us? And what if we had to walk miles to get water - only to have a water source that is contaminated and full of disease?

Choose to make water your only beverage for 40 Days between February 17 - April 3 to help Blood:Water Mission provide clean water for people in Africa who don't have a choice.

By giving up what you'd normally drink in exchange for the water from your tap you can save that money to help build clean water projects for communities in Uganda. You can stay updated on the work you are enabling by reading our blog and Uganda project updates.

So ditch the morning coffee and o.j., leave out the lunchtime soda, and cancel the evening beverage. You won't need an ark for this 40 Days of Water, but you will need a little self-discipline and maybe a few friends to join you. But we know you can do it, because you know who you're doing it for. Make the choice.
We've provided the resources for you to organize your friends and family to get the word out and help you keep track of what you're saving. For registering your campaign below, we will send you two 'reminder bracelets,' one for you and one for a friend. Also, if you need a good way to remind yourself to only drinking water, order one of our Blood:Water Nalgene Water Bottles (BPA free).

At the end of the 40 Days you can donate online or by mail. Just make sure to let us know your donation is from the 40 Days campaign by writing "40 Days" in the comment section of the web form or the memo line on your check.
Also, tell us your story of what it was like to participate in 40 Days. What did you experience? What did you learn? What is different now that you have participated? You may choose to keep a journal or write down thoughts or experiences along the way. We'd love to share them with others.


Mailing Address:

Blood:Water Mission
c/o "40 DAYS"

P.O.Box 60381
Nashville, TN 37206

Will you join me in the 40 Days of Water?

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