Today is World Water Day. Did you know: More than a billion people around the globe survive on just over 1 gallon of water per day? In its effort to educate and engage the American public around the world water crisis, the U.S Fund for UNICEF is launching its annual UNICEF Tap Project. There are three fun and easy ways to get involved. First, let’s talk celebrity tap.
UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez, along with Adrian Grenier, Dwight Howard, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Robin Williams’bottled their own tap water from their homes for a sweepstakes benefiting the UNICEF Tap Project. Supporters of the UNICEF Tap Project can enter to win a limited-edition ‘Celebrity Tap Pack,’ a one-of-a-kind case of custom-made water bottles featuring tap water from the homes of each celebrity advocate, all the while raising vital funds for UNICEF’s clean water and sanitation programs. Every $5 donation* made will give supporters a chance to win a very special case of customized water bottles. Each bottle in the case contains water drawn from the tap of a different celebrity. Go here for official rules.
Giorgio Armani Fragrances is hosting the Acqua for Life program, in addition to making a donation accompanying fragrance purchases they will donate $1 for the first 250,000 people who ‘like’ the Acqua for Life page on Facebook.
And there’s more: During World Water Week (March 20 -26, 2011) restaurants across the United States will encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free.Go here for a list of participating restaurants such as one of our local Brooklyn favorite Rose Water cafe.
Funds raised will aid UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs in Togo, the Central African Republic and Vietnam. ‘Every day, many of us enjoy the gift of easy access to safe, clean water,’ said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern. ‘However much we take this for granted we must remember that for many communities water sources are unclean and soap is often not available. In these situations, disease spreads rapidly, with fatal consequences, killing millions of children a year. It may seem too simple, but clean water means life for many of the world’s children.’
UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. Over the past 16 years more than a billion people have gained access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities thanks to the efforts of UNICEF and its partners. For more information visit www.uniceftapproject.org
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