My good friend and legend surf photographer, Tom Servais, recently reached out to me before going down to Fiji – a place he likes to call his second home. Tom has been supportive of W4W since the beginning but with the recent and very unfortunate floods that hit Fiji, Tom now has a first hand connection to this work. Basically, he is another great example of how our Clean Water Courier program works. He was already going to Fiji when his good friend Brett Whittaker (who lives in Fiji full time) reached out and said that many areas had been devastated by the floods – and one of their main needs was clean water. So Tom rallied and bought as many filters as he could. He brought them down there, met up with Brett, and got to work helping the flood victims. He has since returned with a whole new perspective on this work and how easy it was to make such a big and positive impact. This is what the CWC program is all about – self empowerment thru doing what you love to do and helping along the way. The following pics were taken by Tom during his trip and he has now made it his mission to raise more funds to get more filters down there. “There are still so many people in need”, he says. We’ve also included his personal “call to action” letter that he is spreading around to get support. Feel free to contact us or him directly if you feel like helping his and Brett’s initiative. I’m proud to call Tom a friend and a CWC!!
Bula*, I was recently in Fiji and spent a day with a friend, Brett Whittaker (he works closely with the Fijian Government), photographing villages that were devastated by the floods in early April. Brett and his small crew have been working non-stop since then, as the floods have displaced and made life very difficult for many Fijians. People were stranded on their roofs, since the water rose that high in low lying flood zones, where many poor people live. Brett and his crew have raised a lot of money, supplies, food, water, etc to help the best they can. In disasters, clean water is one of the most important short term goals. I’m hoping that you will help Brett and the Fijian people by buying one or more filters that I can send down to Fiji. Our goal is 500 water filters, please help us the best you can. The cost is $50 per filter, which will provide up to 300 gallons of clean water per day, and 100% of your donation(water filters) goes straight to the source, none of your donation is used for anything except the water filters you purchase and forward to me. There are “No” administration costs! Brett will take care of getting them to the villages and show the Fijians how to use and maintain them. He is working entirely out of his love to help other less fortunate people, his only payment is seeing the joy in Fijians faces when he and his crew help them. Believe it or not, the most important thing to the Fijian people, is knowing that someone cares! You can go to this link, http://blog.wavesforwater.org/store/, and purchase the filters and have them shipped to me at; Tom Servais, 34056 Zarzito Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. Or you can send donations to me directly and I’ll handle the filter purchasing – whatever you feel more comfortable with. You can count on myself and Brett to distribute these to the villages who need them most. Any questions, please feel free to email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please have a look at these photos to get an idea of how lucky we are and how much just $50 can help a small village without clean drinking water. Thanks for listening, and please don’t feel obligated, just an opportunity to help the Fijians and know that 100% of your donation goes directly to them. Love, aloha and vinaka**, Tom.
*Bula, hello in Fiji.