Hollywood Concert Raises Funds for Water Projects in South Sudan

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The benefit concert featuring Slipknot/Stone Sour’s front man Corey Taylor, Dave Navarro, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, John 5 and members of Rob Zombie’s band, along with host Henry Rollins, took part in the Drop In The Bucket benefit concert that was held at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. With proceeds being donated to help build water wells and sanitation systems at large rural schools in sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.dropinthebucket.org http://www.adam-sabbagh.com

“We in America take our easy access to clean drinking water for granted,” says Sabbagh. “For many who live in other parts of the world, getting their hands on clean drinking water can be a matter of life-and-death.”

Children and adults in South Sudan were the beneficiaries of a concert held half the world away in Hollywood, Ca on November 30. For it was on that Wednesday night that members of popular bands Slipknot, Stone Sour, Slayer, Anthrax, Rob Zombie’s Band, and Jane’s Addiction joined hands to support "Drop in the Bucket" at the historic Avalon Theater to raise capital to dig water wells in that drought-stricken corner of Africa.

Hosting the event for the ‘Drop in the Bucket’ (DITB) charity was Henry Rollins who’s not only a political activist and radio broadcaster for KCRW Radio, in Santa Monica, but also is so involved with the DITB cause that he has traveled to Sudan in support of well-drilling efforts. The importance of drilling wells to discover clean drinking water in Africa and elsewhere was manifested in a recent report from the Inter Press News Agency, of Rome which stated that 4,000 children around the world die daily because of polluted water they drink.

Although the exact amount of money raised at the concert is not available, the largest single contribution of $1,000 was made by Lebanese-born actor/model Adam Sabbagh, said a source close to the event. The son of a diplomat/doctor, Sabbagh visited the sub-Saharan region as a child and since then has placed a high personal priority on addressing health issues in that portion of Africa.

“We in America take our easy access to clean drinking water for granted,” says Sabbagh. “For many who live in other parts of the world, getting their hands on clean drinking water can be a matter of life-and-death.”

About Drop in the Bucket
http://www.dropinthebucket.org
Drop in the Bucket (DITB) is a Los Angeles-based 501(c) (3) water charity that constructs wells and sanitation systems at large rural schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Since launched in 2006, DITB has completed more than 150 projects in six different countries of the sub-Saharan region and, according to Kai Degner, a realtor from Virginia who also raises funds for DITB about 90 of those projects have been water wells.

About Adam Sabbagh
http://www.adam-sabbagh.com
Born in Lebanon to a long line of diplomats, Sabbagh has a master’s degree in political science. He was part of the student council for the duration of his time at University. Aside from his career in the entertainment industry, he is currently studying for his PHD in Political Science in New York City. He became a prestigious public figure in the Middle East and a role model for the youth through his political background and after winning two of the most high profile fashion contests, “Mr Lebanon Manhunt International” and “Mr Arab” in 2008 which led to many media interviews in television, radio and magazines. He is an exceptional swimmer, boxer and snow-boarder, and is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Russian. While holding these titles, he spent time in shelters for the homeless, raising money, awareness, and the spirits of the residents, and he campaigned for HIV/AIDS research, frequently giving lectures and interviews on religious tolerance.

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