ATO at Cornell is “Blowin’ Up”

Apr 15, 2010

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Cornell University chapter of Charity: water present “Charity Waters’ Blowin’ Up,” an outdoor carnival fundraising event, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the ATO House, 625 University Ave. The carnival will feature a live band, Jam Bones, and a moon bounce house and a water balloon toss.

There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks available. The entry bracelet will be a $10 donation and includes access to amenities and unlimited food. Event T-shirts will also be on sale for $20. You can purchase a shirt and bracelet together for $25.

All proceeds will be donated directly to Charity: water. Donations can be made via cash, check or credit card in person and at visit:

Charity: water is a non- profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The organization says it provides 100 per cent of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need, and that $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80 percent of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. Ninety percent of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under 5 years old, according to the organization. Many of these diseases are preventable. The United Nations predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

Last semester the Cor nell branch of Charity: water raised more than $6,000.


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