April 16, 2014

Bicycle Fundraising Event in Des Moines for Clean Water

The Water Ride

The Move Project will host their second annual ride for clean water – The Water Ride – on May 17.  The Water Ride is a bicycle ride, starting and ending at Water Works Park, which raises funds for clean water projects in Ghana, West Africa.  Participants and park visitors will enjoy live entertainment after the ride at Water Works Park, with educational activities highlighting the need for clean water in rural villages in Africa. Des Moines Water Works is the sponsor of The Water Ride.

“This event is powerful in that 100% of the funds raised on this ride will go directly to providing clean water to a community in Africa. Having access to clean water affords individuals and families the opportunity to receive an education, work and live a healthier life,” said Sam Mahlstadt, co-founder of The Move Project.

The Move Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on the alleviation of poverty, freeing slaves, providing shelter to the homeless, and food and water to those without access to these life essentials.

“The Water Ride elevates our community’s awareness of the inaccessibility of water in other countries, as well as celebrates our local drinking water quality,” said Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works. “The Water Ride is a great way to emphasize the value of drinking water to a community’s overall health.”

The well will be installed in the village of Tsipasi, in Ghana, West Africa. The village’s name ironically means a place with abundant water, but the unfortunate reality is that the people of the village are without access to clean water.

“The clean water well will be our first, albeit significant, step to joining hands with a community and helping them break the cycle of poverty. It will be a slow, difficult, and complex effort, but we are convinced that we must make a move,” said Mahlstadt.

For more information and to sign up for the bike ride, visit http://www.themoveproject.org/water.

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