Water Filters Campaign for 2011-2012

Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Asia, cause marketing, charity, Funding, Green, Health

Working in close conjunction with Steve Rutledge and Mike Yap, the founders of Adopt a Village in Laos, a not-for-profit Canadian registered organization (#1755378), I have been volunteering my services in a variety of ways. In this instance, I am helping them spearhead their water filters campaign for 2011-2012. Before the end of this year, they will need to secure 1,000 water filter donations. At the end of 2011, they return to Southeast Asia to continue their humanitarian work with the hill tribes of rural Laos, where they will be distributing and installing these units.

Each filter costs $55.00 Canadian and will service a family of up to 8 people with clean drinking water for many years to come, greatly improving each family’s overall health. You can donate as an individual or a group of friends can pool their resources and contribute one or more units. Whichever way you choose to do this, we need your support so that we can achieve our target.

To help us, please get in touch with Roland Drake (Toronto volunteer) or Steve Rutledge (president of Adopt a Village in Laos). In your email, please include WATER FILTERS CAMPAIGN FOR 2011-2012 in the subject line.



It is said that a journey begins with a single step. On Tuesday, July 7, 2010 my journey to Laos began when I met Mike Yap, who introduced me to the Adopt a Village project. Having always been fascinated by other cultures, I was immediately captivated by the concept. In mid-August I visited Port Hope, where Mike and Steve Rutledge, who is the other half of the driving force behind this humanitarian effort, reside. That weekend I listened to Steve talk with great enthusiasm about their work. I became more and more intrigued. On Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I visited them again. That Saturday night I had the honour of attending their presentation/fundraiser for the Adopt a Village in Laos project at the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in downtown Port Hope, Ontario. Having never had their presentation/fundraisers captured on video before, I volunteered to record this event with my iPhone. When I returned home, I would edit it and then upload it to YouTube in hopes of raising awareness of their work to a larger audience. From that weekend I came away glowing inside with a wonderfully positive energy. Inspired, I made a commitment to myself and to Mike and Steve that I would help them with their endeavours. Since that time, I haven't disappointed. Please visit my personal blog, My Journey to Laos, at http://myjourneytolaos.blogspot.com to see how I have been trying to help them raise awareness for their cause. Ultimately, I will go to Laos and experience for myself all the great work which they have done and continue to do.

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