It’s My Birthday

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I recently shot an ad campaign for a new water bottle company called MiiR.  The images turned out pretty amazing, but you are going to have to wait a little longer to see them.  I know, what a tease.  That’s not the reason I am writing today, though.  Besides making awesome bottles, one of the great things about MiiR is the one-for-one business model they work under.  Every bottle sold gives one person in a developing nation clean drinking water for one year.  This is done through an organization called Charity: Water.  Through working on this ad campaign, I have learned a lot about Charity: Water and the work they are doing to provide clean water to people in need by drilling sustainable wells.  The video above does a great job painting a picture of what is being done and what still needs to be done.  That being said, I decided to join the Charity: Water September Campaign, and give up my birthday.  In just a few days I will be turning 30, and rather than asking for gifts, I am asking people to donate $30 toward the goal of $5,000 which will provide a well for an entire village.  I know you were probably not going to get me anything for my birthday, but I just felt I should take advantage of the small platform this blog provides me to ask you to donate if you feel inclined.  Although the campaign says to donate $30, any amount would be amazing.  $1, $2, $5, whatever.  It’s hard to make a difference as one person, but if each reader this week gave just a few dollars, we would be funding a well, and then some.  To make a donation and contribute toward building a well, you can go to this link, John Keatley’s 30th Birthday Campaign.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  It is something that has been on my mind lately, and I hope it resonates with some of you too.

I should also mention that 100% of donations go directly toward water projects.  Administrative costs are separately fund raised by Charity: Water.  They are a very transparent organization, and you can find out a ton more by visiting their website www.charitywater.org.


Great work on this!...and thank you for sharing about Charitywater.

POSTED BY Keith on 9-21-2010

[...] a better understanding of the work Charity:Water does, see the vieo below. You can also visit Keatley’s blog for more info about Charity:Water and ways in which you can give. Happy Birthday [...]

POSTED BY John Keatley for Charity: Water | Redux Pictures on 9-27-2010

It may be a little late to wish you: Happy Birthday! But I will donate (I hope it is still possible now that it's November...) And I think you should look into this beautiful "Fireflies" screen saver by the much acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson. Each firefly represents a donation of 30 euros to Maternity Worldwide's work in Ethiopia. More info on my blog: http://momentc.blogspot.com/2010/11/olafur-eliasson-maternity-care-in.html

POSTED BY CELINE on 11-10-2010

I saw that your campaign was closed, but of course I was still able to donate :-)

POSTED BY CELINE on 11-10-2010

I just got this post in my blog reader and went to donate but the donations were closed for your birthday fundraiser :(

POSTED BY Tyler Olson - MicrostockGroup on 11-15-2010

@Tyler thank you so much. That is really thoughtful! If you are interested, you can still donate through the www.Charitywater.org website and your donation will still go toward building a well. Another option is www.welldone.org. I will be traveling with them to Africa in January to build at least 2 wells and we still need funding for those projects. You can make a donation on main page of the Well Done website and make a note that it was through me so it will go toward those wells. Thanks again.

POSTED BY John Keatley on 11-15-2010

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