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Saks Fifth Avenue funding clean water with Charity:Water

In Fashion, People Making A Difference on April 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Hugh Jackman donates $50,000 to charity: water

Hugh Jackman donates $50,000 to charity: water

By Antoinette Alexander

Charity: water, a non-profit organization that funds freshwater wells and sanitation projects in some of the poorest communities in India, Africa, Central America, has once again teamed up with retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

Last year, Saks raised more than $500,000 for the charity, which aided in the construction of more than 100 wells that serve 37,000 people in India, Central America and Africa. According to the charity: water web site, in India alone it supported 38 village water systems in 2008, and is working to fund at least 50 more in 2009.

To raise funds for 2009, Saks will sell charity: water t-shirts, bracelets and well sponsorships nationwide through June 30.

The charity was founded In August 2004 by Scott Harrison, who left career in special event planning and promotions in New York City to serve for a year as a volunteer photojournalist onboard Mercy Ship Anastasis, a hospital ship, to impoverished Liberia, West Africa. On returning to Manhattan in September 2005, Harrison tested the idea behind charity: water by producing an exhibition of his photographs and videos called Mercy. Despite opening in the midst of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, visitors contributed more than $96,000 to help provide medical procedures and freshwater wells in West Africa. In October 2005, Harrison returned to West Africa for another six-month journey, before returning to Manhattan in the spring of 2006 to found charity: water.

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