As part of our 25th Year Kickoff Celebration, Other World Computing asked you, our loyal readers and customers, to join our charity: water fundraising campaign.
This campaign was just part of a larger overall charity: water campaign called “100 wells for the holidays” where the goal was to raise one million dollars to fund 100 wells in. We’re pleased to report that, with your help, “100 wells for the holidays” raised over $1.5 million. That means that 156 wells have been funded to bring clean water to as many communities.
We’ve just been given notification that out of the 1882 total campaigns that were started, OWC’s campaign raised the most overall towards that goal and that the funds have now been sent into the field so all the prep work can begin.
According to charity: water, “Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa — more than 84 million people live there. It’s also one of the poorest. About 56% of the population doesn’t have access to clean water, and that percentage is even higher in the rural areas where we work.
Thanks to you, our local partner, A Glimmer of Hope, and their implementing partner, The Relief Society of Tigray, are busy working on a total of 112 new and rehabilitated hand-dug wells, 82 new and rehabilitated drilled wells and 25 new and rehabilitated spring protections. These projects will bring clean, safe water to over 61,000 people.”
Once again, we wanted to say thank you and we will keep you posted as we learn more about the installation of these wells.
Back in November, Other World Computing announced that it would kick off its 25th year of providing award-winning products, service, and support to the Apple community and tech industry with a special ‘25th Year Kickoff Celebration’ sweepstakes. A lucky 25 randomly chosen participants would receive a high-performance OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro bus-powered portable storage solution featuring 1.0TB of storage and FireWire 800/400 and USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces.
So, nearly three months and almost 6,000 entrants later, OWC is ready to announce the list of winners of the sweepstakes!
Congratulations to these lucky participants: Article Continues…
As 2012 came to a close, Other World Computing’s fundraising campaign with charity: water also saw its conclusion. And since our last blog update, the campaign received an impressive $17,070 in additional donations, which was matched by OWC, bringing the total to $79,774 raised! These donations helped OWC raise more funds for charity: water than any other campaign during Q4 or the holiday season!
Beginning November 1 in conjunction with OWC’s “25th Year Kickoff Celebration” sweepstakes, the fundraising campaign was created to help people without access to clean water. OWC donated $1 for each entrant of the sweepstakes, new newsletter subscribers, and up to $5 for each Twitter follower it had or gained during the campaign. OWC also matched donations that were made directly to the campaign. Article Continues…
Our effort to raise $125,000 for charity: water continues to move forward. Here’s this week’s update.
First let’s start with donations for new Twitter followers. We gained 171 new followers last week, bringing our total contributions there to $6,160.
Next, we had 1,317 new entries in our OWC 25th Year Kickoff Celebration Sweepstakes, bringing our “dollar an entry” pledge to $4883.
We also had an additional $1195 in independent pledges to our charity: water portal page, which brings us to a total of $7421 in donations that we’ll be matching.
We’re closer today than we were last week, Help us out by following our Twitter feed (which will bring in $5 per new subscriber this weekend, rather than $1), donating directly, or entering our Sweepstakes. Time is running out on that last one, though; Sweepstakes entry ends November 30.
To enhance its 25th year of service celebration, OWC will increase donations to its charity: water campaign from $1.00 to $5.00 for every new OWC Twitter follower recorded from Black Friday (November 23) until the end of Cyber Monday (November 26).
By offering a unique, no cost philanthropic twist to these shopping days – ‘you follow socially, we give the gift of financial resources’ – OWC will continue on its goal of offering permanent solutions for providing safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations.