Last week I posted about Charity:Water and its manifesto:
concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most
precious resource. There’s talk
of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying
up, and of course, plenty of
people who simply don’t care.
But forget about us.
Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never
had to leave our houses and
walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap,
and water comes out. Clean.
Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t
have clean water.
It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like
really, but one in eight might be
easier. One in eight people in our world don’t have
access to the most basic of human
needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours
Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those
billion people. They are very real,
and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born
into a village where the only
source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t
choose to be born in a country
where even the homeless have access to clean water and a
We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow
them on their daily journey. Carry
80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their
children in sand for water. Line
up at a well and wait 8 hours for a turn.
Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand
solutions and billion dollar
schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things
like freshwater wells, rainwater
catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we
know how to help millions.
Start by helping one.
What a worthwhile cause. Last week I mentioned that OCLI will donate $50 for every LASIK procedure we perform through Labor Day. I have decided to take it a step further:
To encourage others to donate, in addition to the $50 per eye that we are donating, OCLI will also give a $500 discount per eye for every $50 donated by our patients before surgery. We are encouraging our patients, both past, present, and future, to get their friends who are considering LASIK involved as well. Here is a copy of an e-mail blast going out to all out patients, please pass it on:
SEE: THE GOOD IN
Did you know? Right now, almost a billion people don't
have access to clean, safe drinking water.
That's one in eight of us.
Charity: Water is a non-profit organization
bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
They use 100% of public donations to directly fund
sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give
one person clean water for 20 years!
Right now, OCLI
is partnering with our friend Andy Sernowitz and the folks at GasPedal to use the power of
recommendations and referrals to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing
nations, we call it See: Water.
Donate $50 per eye to Charity: Water now through Labor Day
and OCLI will match it, and extend a $500.00 per eye discount towards
So pass this water bottle and coupon along to a friend or
family member who is interested in LASIK and have them do the same, and then
encourage them to do the same, get the picture?! Blog it, tweet it, post
about it on Facebook, tell your friends. The more people involved, the more
change we can make.
For more information about Charity: Water and for donation information, log on to: www.mycharitywater.org/wom
*LASIK discount maximum not to exceed $1000.00- $500 per
eye. Not to be combined with any other coupon or discount. Offer expires
9/6/10. Proof of donation amount/ receipt required to obtain discount.