Listeners of WAY-FM’s The Wally Show pledged their support to build 27 new water wells near schools in Africa as a result of a successful on-air campaign last week, reported WAY Media Chief Content Officer Faron Dice.
The funding of Blood: Water Mission will also provide sanitation (bathrooms) to help ensure the children stay healthier throughout the year.
“This is our fifth year partnering with WAY-FM, Wally and their listeners, and once again they surpassed the goal and enabled even greater impact to be possible,” shared Aaron Sands, Blood: Water Interim Executive Director, in a press release. “We are so grateful.”
WAY-FM and WAY Media Network Services reach into nearly 100 communities in 26 states, and WAY-FM owns and operates stations in many top 100 markets including Dallas-Ft Worth, Denver, Portland, Nashville, and Louisville.
Blood:Water, founded by the GRAMMY® Award-winning band Jars of Clay and activist Jena Lee Nardella, began as a call to personalize the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Since its launch in 2004, Blood:Water has raised more than $27 million through the creative efforts of tens of thousands of individuals seeking to make a difference. Its mission is to serve local leaders in Africa and join them in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises.
"When you see a child licking a dirty wall during a rainstorm to get a sip of water, it hits you just how important this work is,” remarked Wally, Host of The Wally Show. “It also reminds you just how blessed we are and the responsibility we have to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves. The image of that child at the wall will stay with me forever, but so will the thought of the thousands of people who saw that picture and chose to do something about it during our School Bells and Water Wells event."
In closing last week’s campaign, Wally and Jars of Clay member Dan Haseltine shared the video message below:
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By NRB Staff
Published: May 19, 2016