Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
Liam Mayclem, host of CBS-5’s Eye on the Bay, will emcee and serve as auctioneer at the first annual CWENCH Party, a fundraiser for H2OpenDoors. The party will be held on November 3, 2012 in San Carlos with tickets available now at http://www.H2OpenDoors.org.
CWENCH stands for Clean Water Enables Community Health and will feature Bay Area band, Gravy Boat, along with a casino, a prize drawing and live auction. To take place at Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage in San Carlos, the event is hosted by the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club in support of its H2OpenDoors project. The project raises money to purchase self-contained, solar powered water purification units called SunSprings, capable of producing up to 5000 gallons per day of microbiologically pure drinking water. Invented and manufactured in Colorado, SunSprings are in place in villages in 9 countries.
This year’s aim is to purchase two of these units for a village of 2500 refugees in Northern Thailand who share a large pond as their primary water source. The water is contaminated with toxic levels of fluoride and E.coli, along with other pathogens. “We’ve formed a partnership with a Rotary district in Northern Thailand to assure the project succeeds,” says Jon Kaufman, Peninsula Sunrise Rotary member.
The global water crisis is staggering in the statistics. Kaufman just returned from the Rotary International convention in Bangkok. “According to the World Health Organization, half of the hospital beds in the world are filled with patients suffering from water-borne illnesses,” Kaufman says. “I learned that over 3.5 million people die each year from these diseases which could have been prevented if they had access to clean water. That’s more people than live in the counties of Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara combined.” One and half million people die each year of diarrhea, most of whom are children.
Water, sanitation and hygiene has become a focus for Rotary International, while the organization is wrapping up it’s long fight to eradicate polio. “We started H2OpenDoors with our local club as a way to create a model for others to provide a viable technology that can be quickly deployed to villages in need,” Kaufman says. “We are thrilled that Liam Mayclem will be hosting our big bash in November”. Tickets are limited, so he encourages taking advantage of early bird prices at http://www.H2OpenDoors.org.
“The list of sponsors and donated auction items are growing each day,” according to Michael Hom, a fellow Rotarian and venture capitalist in Menlo Park. “Our first Platinum sponsor is GE, and we’re receiving significant donations of auction items from supporters”. These include an electric motorcycle, a trip for two to Thailand, tickets to the Tony award winning play Book of Mormon, dozens of restaurant dinners, sports memorabilia, Napa and Vegas weekends and much more.
Redwood High School in Redwood City, will be weaving the project into their curriculum for the fall sessions. Subjects as diverse as geo-politics, microbiology, economics and filtration technologies will be studied as students are introduced to the H2OpenDoors project. The Rotary club will be taking two of the best student performers to Thailand with the installation team in February. Dr. Frank Wells, principal, will be overseeing this aspect of the project.
Kaufman, co-owner of KL&P Marketing in San Carlos, adds that a final component of the project is the establishment of a women-run water council in the village. “Each SunSpring unit can produce the equivalent of 38,000 half liter bottles of safe water every day. That sets the stage for a vibrant water business for these folks who can be self-supporting in many ways. Hill tribe villagers typically earn $2 to $4 a day. The water business can conceivably sell 25,000 bottles of surplus, microbiologically pure water a day at 10 cents each, or a daily total of $2,500. This is exciting because it is a sustainable solution to a grinding problem. Our project will replicate the success with different villages in various developing nations as we go forward in hopes it will catch fire with over 30,000 other Rotary clubs around the globe.”
Bonnie Miller, president of the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary club and business administrator for Salvation Army sums it up this way, “The project’s mantra is Water, Education, Peace. That says it all.”
For more information, and to purchase tickets to the CWENCH Party or to make a donation, contact Jon Kaufman at jkaufman(at)klp(dot)com, or go to http://www.h2opendoors.org
H2OpenDoors is a project of the Rotary Foundation of Peninsula Sunrise, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.