Water. H2O. Aqua. Agua.
Call it what you wish, if you’re reading this, you likely have access to clean water.
In fact, if you’re reading this, you likely flush toilet water that’s cleaner than what some people have access to.. for drinking!
“1 Billion people lack access to safe water”
Friday night, Blab Talk LIVE wanted to feature Ken Surritte of WaterIsLife.com. Due to technical difficulties, we couldn’t get Ken in live. A shame we couldn’t get him on, however, Ken had boots on the ground. This man is out there saving lives, all we could do is sit back in awe or take some action to support.
Take a look at this video to understand what it is we were talking about.
What happened next was nothing short of amazing. Here is what some of the viewers had to say:
“WOW, what a night, huh? We are all new friends, but it was so warming to see everyone get behind and support a cause that was new to me as I am sure it was for many. The fact that we go through cases of bottled water, without ever giving a thought to the fact that there are children that have NO potable water is beyond my comprehension! I’m so proud to be a part of something so amazing. This was history in the making!” – Jacki Winsish
Jacki makes a great point. History in the making. Joel and I did not set out to raise money before the episode launched. Our goal was to bring awareness to a cool charity and hoped some people would donate some money. Yet again, this shows the power of new friends, made on Blab, and how they can come together for a greater good.
“I jumped onto a Blab tonight because I recognized the hosts, knowing there would be good conversation, something I could learn, and familiar banter. What I did not expect was an outpouring of generosity from folks, who probably hadn’t ever conversed face-to-face B.B. (Before Blab).
JilleySue (Jill McCarthy) jumps in offering to auction off her Yeti microphone because she felt moved. John takes the brave step of bidding. Others jump in. The comments fly as all participate. It wasn’t watching a show anymore. It was doing something that mattered, together.
Thanks Joel Comm, Vincenzo Landino and the Blab community for rallying together. It is a beautiful and rare thing to see.” – Dawn Carter
It takes a village. Without John’s first bid, without JilleySue’s offer to give away her mic, and without the bidders, this doesn’t happen and I am not writing this article today. Thank you for sharing, Dawn, and thank you you submission and support.
What a blessing the Water is Life Charity Auction was on Friday night by Joel & Vincenzo. I am ecstatic about the generosity of JilleySue and all who participated with donations. I felt so privileged and excited to see the Auction unfold. It was liking watching an Awards Show! I am so happy to have been a tweeter and witness something truly life changing!! Can’t wait for Ken of Water is Life to be a guest of your show. I really feel apart of a real community that cares!!” – Kathryn Weathersby
Did you read that last line?
A community that cares.
These are real people connecting with real people and having real conversations. Should I stress how real this community is again? Where else can you find a group of random folks coming together for a charity that many likely hadn’t heard of before it was introduced at the top of the segment.
Last night (08/28/15) I tuned into Late Night Blab Chat with Joel Comm and Vincenzo Landino which is always fun & engaging. These two work well together and this was no different. However, Joel started talking about a charity a friend of his runs called Water Is Life. This was amazing. Someone put a Yeti Mic up for auction and soon we had bids going, people tweeting, conversations running in chat and on screen. As someone who has run charity auctions for business in conjunction with the United Way, this was awesome!! Joel and Vincenzo made it happen organically with their talk show on BLAB. It was quite remarkable and some people like myself were moved to tears We raised money for the charity quickly and on a whim. Well done guys! I hope to see more of this!! – Kelly Raymer
I cannot speak enough about the community, I can only urge you to do your part. Every $10 donation helps one person have clean drinking water for an entire year. Pictured here is what the water straw looks like, and how it works.
With nearly $1000 raised in one, impromptu fundraising session, we saved 100 lives. Wrap your head around that for a second, and then head over to waterislife.com and make a simple donation today.