- About this event
The Thirst Project provides wells and clean water to countries that desperately need it. Their goal is to give the entire country of Swaziland clean water by 2022 and use it as a template to prove that the water crisis can be defeated. They also visit schools across the nation to engage young people and challenge over 400,000 students to do something about it.
The founder of the Thirst Project, Seth Maxwell, started the charity at age 19 with his college buddies when they learned that over 1 billion people didn't have access to clean water. Now, after 8 years of hard work and a completely unexpected life changing journey, that number has been reduced significantly to 644 million.
Seth challenged the entire gala audience to try to go through the whole gala without having a sip of water: "I bet you can't do it!"
The guest list included Drake Bell, Cameron Boyce, Jack Griffo, and Laura Marano who presented awards to honorees. Andy Grammar, Aijia Grammer and the band OK Go also performed.
There was a live auction where people bid on wells to build in various countries in Africa. This will provide communities with clean water for over forty years. They also teamed up with Morton Salt to create an educational chamber. The idea is when someone posted a picture from inside with #MortonxThirst, Morton Salt donates an extra $100 to the cause. That $100 gives four people in Africa clean water for life. The gala raised over a quarter of a million dollars in one night — just imagine all the good those funds will do.
Text by @ThoseKleinBoyz