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Ice that turns money into water – what can be cooler than that!

March 15, 2013

Water we take for granted You saw them on Dragons` Den, two gals selling the Dragons on the idea of making money from ice. Not just any ice, but cool ice. Ice that looks good in a martini. On the Rocks Ice.

Compassionate Eye (CEF) is a non-profit organization that I have been following and supporting for quite some time – check out my earlier blogs including the one in September about the great Fort Langley photo shoot. CEF operates on a simple principle. Photographers and other creative people donate their time, shoot fabulous photos, deliver them to Getty Images which then returns to Compassionate Eye the proceeds from any sale or licensing of the photos. The funds are then used by CEF to support programs in many different countries: from medical clinics, to schools, to teaching people how to support themselves, to the provision of clean water. Water which is second only to the air we breathe in terms of its necessity for human life. Water which in many areas is polluted, not available or difficult to access.

On the Rocks Ice is a company that believes in giving back. So, in celebration of World Water Day, On the Rocks Ice and CEF have joined forces to help raise funds and awareness for CEF`s clean water projects. Tickets are only $20 and include live music by Greg Drummond,  accomplished musician and winner of Best of BC (check out his music here – you will love it, stories set to good old toe-tapping music). Top it off with a drink with some of that special On the Rocks Ice, snacks and fun! All in support of others. Date: Thursday March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver.

CEF works with another of my favourite non-profit organizations, K.I.D.S. International, led by the ever enthusiastic and inspiring Rick and Adrienne Dartnell. K.I.D.S. has been working with three very poor schools just north of Siem Reap in Poak District, Cambodia. Each school serves approximately 330 children and the schools are the hub of this poor rice farming area. The schools all struggle with very poor water quality and quantity as their wells are inadequate and contain arsenic and iron. With CEF’s help, in February of 2013, K.I.D.S provided one of the schools with a solar water project that serves approximately 330 children as well as their families by providing clean drinking water. Over a thousand people have benefitted. The following are excerpts from the K.I.D.S report on the celebration of the completion of the project:

“The celebration was amazing. The community came out in full force (hundreds of people). There were speeches and many thanks given to everyone who contributed to the water towers that were built for two communities. The commune chiefs, village chiefs and the head of the district education committee especially thanked Compassionate Eye Foundation for funding the water tower for Kauk Chrey school and community. They asked us to pass on their wishes to you all for a long life, good health and many blessings.”

“The event lasted two days and there were many inspiring speeches. It was very humbling and heartwarming to hear how much they appreciated Compassionate Eye and K.I.D.S. for our efforts in making these water projects possible for their communities. Though we have had a lot of experience in Cambodia and have felt very good about many projects and the benefits to the communities we have worked in, like the clinic last year on the Stung Sen. This project, in this particular community, will also have a major impact. We had written earlier in our blogs that as the weeks pass and we get deeper and deeper into the dry season, the ponds, ditches and residential wells have all but dried up and the search for water becomes a consuming task for children and families. This basic need for children and their families at Kauk Chrey school has now been met in a way that they could only have dreamed about before. The water is filtered three times and run through a UV light and comes out as clear and clean as water at home.”

“Over the two days of the celebration there was a constant coming and going to the water station during the day as children and people drank, filled their water bottles, containers and washed faces and hands. The smiles on the faces of the school children and villagers during the celebration said it all.”

Ice that turns money into water for others – what can be cooler than that!

For more information about Compassion Eye, On the Rocks IceK.I.D.S. International , or World Water Day please click on their names. They are worth a visit. For more information about the “On the Rocks Ice event in support of Compassionate Eye and World Water Day, click here. And please come back to visit me.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 15, 2013 10:31 am

    What great synergy between very worthwhile organizations to make a difference for people.

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