17 September 2010

Celebrate Will and Jada Smith’s birthdays by donating to charity: water

Will and Jada Smith—who both celebrate birthdays this month—are asking fans to make a donation to their birthday campaign posted on charity: water. All donations will be used toward the organization’s efforts to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Will and Jada released the following statement:
"We view contribution and service as a celebration of one's gifts. We celebrate the grace that has been bestowed upon us as we honor our gifts though sharing them. There are men, women and children who, right now, do not have clean water to drink -- we celebrate the fact that we are able to help quench their thirst.

"We believe every person on the planet should have access to clean drinking water.

"This year we celebrate our birthday by giving the gift of clean drinking water through charity: water. Join us. 100% of the money raised goes to digging wells and to clean water projects in developing nations. 100% of our gifts will change the world, one person at a time. And make your next birthday a celebration of your gifts by raising money for clean drinking water too. We'll take the top three fundraisers with us to Africa to see the wells when they're built."

Will and Jada are also encouraging fans to start their own birthday campaign on charity: water and plan to sweeten the deal by offering the top three fundraisers a trip to join the couple in Africa to see the completed water projects.

Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water said, "charity: water is extremely honored to have the support of Will and Jada Smith. Their enthusiasm for the cause is inspirational and we're excited to work together to help make a real dent in the water crisis. Our goal is to motivate others to join the birthday movement. Together, we can bring clean and safe drinking water to those in need."

To make a donation to Will and Jada Smith's birthday campaign visit charity: water.

Will and Jada's Birthday Celebration from charity: water on Vimeo.

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Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn
Daelyn is the co-founder & managing director of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.