Nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith worked to raise money for charity: water before her death
Wishing Well International Foundation is inviting the water purification industry to show its support and commit to raising $30,000 to honor the memory of Rachel Beckwith. Beckwith was nine years old when she died in July, but the foundation aims to help her goal of bringing clean drinking water to people in need live on. Beckwith was taken off life support on July 24 after she sustained fatal injuries in a 14-vehicle pile up near her home in Bellevue, Wash., three days earlier, CNN reported.
For her birthday in June, Beckwith asked her friends and relatives to donate money instead of giving her gifts. She was only $80 short of her modest goal of raising $300 when she died. To honor her memory, Wishing Well started a campaign to raise $30,000 and will donate 100% of the money to projects coordinated with charity: water. Charity: water is the non-profit Beckwith chose for her fundraising efforts.
“It is time for the entire water purification industry to show we care about the people lacking such a precious resource, water, like this little girl did. I am aware that economic times are uncertain for many companies, but if we pull together, I know we can make a difference. After all, that is what we are all about—providing clean, safe drinking water,” said Guillermo Guzman, founder and CEO of Wishing Well International and president of H2O Intl. Inc., based in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
“If 100 of us each raised $300 (Rachel’s goal), we would meet the goal set by the foundation. Rachel thought this was achievable, [so] I am sure we can do the same and more. Membership of the Water Quality Assn. [WQA] stands at 2,400, with many thousands more non-member water industry professionals. The impact we can make as an industry is huge,” added Guzman, whose company is a member of WQA.
The foundation raised more than $15,000 at a recent event in Lighthouse Point, Fla., and is currently planning more fundraising events. Since the Florida event, the foundation has delivered biosand filters to South Africa, Haiti and Japan.
To donate to Beckwith’s cause, visit www.active.com/donate/Rachelsdream. Through the fundraising page, participants can donate or become fundraisers. All donations are tax deductible.