Pete Savard is the CEO of a not-for-profit organization called Global Water Consortium. Their mission is to provide sustainable clean water solutions to remote areas of the world. He and five others, known as the SUP4WATER Team, are paddling for 30 days down the Susquehanna River to raise awareness and funding that would help provide clean water to those in need.
"In that time frame in India and Kenya where we have our first two projects, 126-and-a-half-thousand children will die just because of bad water, and so we’re trying to raise a dollar for each kid," Savard said.
Pete Savard’s daughter Ainsley is only 15 years old, but was the true catalyst behind the project.
"And it was really cool because what she said…all the sudden she looked at me and said, 'I’m in,'" Savard said. "Like, what do you mean I’m in? She goes, 'We should get a set of paddleboards and do this like you’re talking about, we should just do it.' And I said 'Really?' She’s like, 'Yeah.' She’s like, 'I want to do something, I’m tired of just watching.'"
So the goal is to raise around $127,000 in a 30-day time period. Ainsley Savard believes it’s a realistic goal. All you have to do is put yourself in the shoes of someone without any clean water.
"If I were in their situation, I’d really appreciate someone else to do the same thing, so I feel like it was kind of a no brainer," she said.
Ainsley thinks her age shouldn’t define her goals. She feels this project could potentially help thousands of people, but teenagers can make a difference just by starting small.
"To encourage people kind of my age to get out there and do what they can to help others. It may not be something as big and as extravagant as SUPing for a month, but I mean I think we all have the neighbors that could use a hand with their yard."
If the SUP4WATER Team reaches their goal, they’ll be providing clean water, something we take for granted, to over a quarter of a million people.
The team will be providing social media updates throughout their journey. You can follow along here:
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