Students fundraise to build well in Third World

For most Americans, clean water is a given, but for millions in other parts of the world clean drinking water is a commodity worth more than gold.

Students for Global change is working to raise $5,000 to pay for a well somewhere in the Third World, which will provide clean drinking water to around 250 people on a daily basis. The group is asking students to pledge to go a certain number of weeks without bottled water and donate their savings to the fundraiser.

Proceeds will go to the Charity Water Organization, a non-profit that brings clean water to people in developing nations. 100 percent of the money raised goes directly toward helping those in need.

Although it has only raised $130 so far, Students for Global Change is teaming up with other student organizations to kickoff its fundraising campaign on Feb. 22 in the Campus Center Food Court at 6 p.m. The fundraising campaign will run until mid-April.

Christina Liddell, president of Students for Global Change, said the group is excited to work on a project that will make a difference in the lives of many.

"Instead of just talking about all of the negative things, we are actually doing something positive to help," Liddell said.

Liddell said the group is working with local businesses to get donations for a raffle planned for the kickoff event and is planning other fundraisers for the fundraising campaign.