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Charity: Water founder Scott Harrison's presentation from Big Omaha

Geoff Wood

The video above is the talk that Scott Harrison gave at Big Omaha in May that inspired me to give up my birthday to help provide clean water to the Central African Republic. It's about ~45 minutes long but well worth the time. Hopefully, it inspires you to donate and you can start with my campaign:

Perhaps it will even inspire you to give up your own birthday or do something else to help meet the needs of those 1 billion people.

Here's what I wrote on this blog about Scott's presentation at the time:

Scott Harrison took the stage just before lunch and I'm not sure that anyone in the room will ever again be the same. I've never felt that way about a presentation that I've seen anywhere at anytime before and I'm so appreciative that I had the opportunity. Scott is the force behind the organization "charity: water" which works to bring clean drinking water to people in places like Africa, India, and South America, who have never before had access to it. I'd heard of charity: water years ago but hadn't paid much attention to it - never again. I'm struggling to explain it here but I encourage you to check our their website, read Scott's story, watch the videos, and see the images. After that, you should probably donate.

For more info, see the original post about Scott's presentation at Silicon Prairie News.

The Fresh Prince gives up his birthday for Charity:Water

Geoff Wood

Current Hollywood blockbuster actor Will Smith, who, of course, is West Philadelphia born and raised, announced late last week that he is giving up his September birthday to help bring clean water to the Central African Republic. Will, and his wife Jada Pinkett (also a September baby), are not only doing a September campaign themselves but they've also generously offered to take the three highest fundraisers with them to Africa to see the wells and meet the people. How awesome is that?

If you're ready to give up your birthday, join Will and Jada's initiative

If you're not, how about donating a few bucks to my campaign?

Remember, a mere $20 supplies 1 person with clean drinking water for 20 years.

First Charity:Water September well of 2010 is open

Geoff Wood

It's been an interesting week for charity:water.  First of all, they've raised nearly $330,000 and we're only a third of the way through the month. That's truly awesome.

Second, they started drilling wells in the Central African Republic. Unfortunately, the first one didn't take as founder Scott Harrison shows in this video:

Undeterred, and with public resolve to return again shortly, Scott and the team moved on to the second well which went much better:

And, just a few minutes ago, they released the final video of the showing the Bayaka people in Jerusalem gathering clean drinking water in their village for the first time. Awesome!

As a September baby, I gave up my birthday this year for charity:water. We're almost 1/4th of the way to my goal of raising $1000 but I still need your help to get there. Check it out at

Any amount of donation is appreciated. $10 provides clean drinking water to 1 person for 10 years. Can you believe it?

Charity:Water September Campaign Update: Week 1

Geoff Wood

Hope and I were poking around the Charity:Water site the other day and saw the PSA (above) that they had put together. The idea is "what would be like if Americans accessed drinking water in the same way that many people do in Africa?" and it's quite moving.

Later, Hope brought up the recent floods in Ames which resulted in the city being under a "boil order" for several days as the drinking water was feared to be contaminated due to a broken main and low pressure due to empty towers. How would we cope if that flood water was our only accessible drinking water? That's what the water looks like where Charity:Water is doing their good work.

Our friends in Ames were able to get by for a few days by either boiling or picking up bottled water until the safe drinking supply was fixed. They don't have that option in many parts of the world and that's why Charity:Water is doing this whole thing.

Back to the campaign, one week in and we're nearly 1/3rd of the way there. Huge thanks to my friends, Danny, Ben, Andrea and Linda and my lovely wife Hope for contributing!

Several of the above folks picked up the "$32 for my 32nd Birthday" idea which is awesome, but don't feel compelled to give that much. $5 or $10 donations are just as good (huge props to Hope and Ben for their bigger donations, too).

While you're thinking about it, check out the video below which features the Bayaka people who are the focus of the September Campaign for 2010 (donate at


I gave up my 32nd birthday for Charity: Water

Geoff Wood

The video above was put together a year ago Scott Harrison, and his team at Charity: Water. Scott used it as part of a featured presentation at Big Omaha in May that was moving, inspiring and brought tears to the eyes of the 500 entrepreneurs and tech scenesters in attendance.

I shared it with my wife when I came home and mentioned that I'd like to do my part as a September baby and give up my 32nd birthday for the cause that Scott champions so well. To be honest, I hadn't thought much about it since then until I saw this from Scott on Twitter yesterday:

On the hunt for #September babies. Are you born in September? We want your big day this year - Aug 16 15:46:16 via TweetDeck

That's the call to action that I needed. I immediately setup my Charity:Water campaign (check it out here) and sent out a few tweets of my own.

Now, I'm asking you to help me reach my goal of $1000. We're more than 10% 20%* of the way there on Day 1! Scott's campaign is based around the idea of you donating towards my campaign rather than give me birthday presents. Since I get very few birthday presents (my mother-in-law Dixie being a wonderful exception!) that alone is not going to get us there. I need my family, friends, fraternity brothers, colleagues, new neighbors in Iowa, old neighbors in Indiana, blog readers, Twitter followers, podcast listeners and pretty much anyone else who happens across this campaign to help me out. 

Give as much as you can, even if it's very little. One simple way to think about it is to give $32 in honor of my 32nd birthday (also known as the Year of Our Wood: 32) but the amount and the choice is up to you.

Our $1000 will go to build wells in the Central African Republic, the recipient of this year's Charity: Water September campaign. Check out the video below (then donate here):

*Another donation came in between when I drafted this post and published it. Awesome!