From a friend of a friend (if nothing else, just watch the video):
March 16, 2010
Dear friends and colleagues,
It has been about four years since I have written to many of you. I am seeking your support to provide millions of gallons of drinking water to the orphanages in Haiti. Please take a couple minutes and review this information Many of you know about my personal interest in identifying opportunities to solve the world’s water crises. One of the most interesting devices that I came upon is the Lifesaver Water Bottle that was demonstrated at the 2009 TED Foundation Conference, a non profit organization that focuses on “ideas worth spreading”. For more info on TED please visit their wikipedia page >>
Last week I learned that our Temple’s Tikkum Olam (community service) committee was organizing a fundraising effort to purchase the Lifesaver Bottle and five gallon “Jerrycan”. I immediately decided to purchase 50 Jerrycans and volunteered to bring them to Haiti and oversee their distribution. Each one will produce ~4000 gallons of sterile drinking water, enough to support 22 people for one year! This is accomplished for a cost of ~$0.06/gallon vs. the estimated price of bottled water in America of ~$1.35/gallon excluding the added cost of shipping.
The Lifesaver Bottle and Jerrycan provide drinking water with a few pumps of a handle. A simple, inexpensive way to save lives. You can make a donation to Wilshire Boulevard Temple and we will make sure the Bottles and Jerrycans are purchased, delivered by Israaid, and used by children in orphanages all over Haiti. Each Lifesaver Bottle is $134, each Jerrycan $199. Please visit the links below to learn more and to donate. Children’s lives are at stake.
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Whether or not you choose to donate, please foward this email along to a friend. Spreading the word is the only way we'll succeed in this effort.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.