Fundraiser will provide African villagers with clean water
IT'S that time of year again when Ipswich residents band together to help improve the lot of communities around the world who live in less fortunate circumstances.
This year marks the seventh Ipswich Cares event, which raises money for Compassion Australia to help fund needy projects all over the world.
This year's funds raised in the month of September will help Compassion Australia supply freshwater filters to families who usually drink from bacteria-infested water in Kenya.
Ipswich councillor David Morrison said for $75, you could provide someone with a lifetime of clean drinking water.
"The cost of the bucket and filtration device only costs $75, and will provide 55 million litres of clean water for people to drink," he said.
"The device works by people pouring their dirty water into the bucket, and then the filtration device traps 100% of bacteria and up to 98% of viruses.
"Something this simple can make a big difference to many."
Many local businesses and schools have already offered to help the cause.
Last year's event raised more than $30,000. This year, organisers are aiming for more than $50,000.
Ipswich Cares president Steve Hodgson said he was extremely pleased to see so many people put their hands up to help.
"A number of real estate companies in the greater Springfield area will be helping out by donating $50 to the cause from every house they sell in the month of September," he said.
"Local gyms have also signed up and will be having treadmill challenges as their way of contributing.
The president also said some restaurants had committed to donating throughout the month.
"The kids from St Peter's Lutheran College also hosted a casual clothes day and will be having an upcoming community celebration," he said.