WaterCan’s 25th Anniversary Event
On Thursday (June 14), Andrea Helfer, WaterCan‘s Public Engagement & Communications Coordinator, invited me to their 25th Anniversary event and cocktail party at the NAC’s Le Salon in Downtown Ottawa.
WaterCan is a Canadian charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping people throughout Eastern Africa gain access to clean water and basic sanitation.
Naturally, the first thing that crossed my mind was “what should I wear?” But it wasn’t long before I decided on something suitable for the occasion; black skinny trousers from Zara and a green Tulip Back Blouse from Forever 21, paired with round toe Kate & Mel suede pumps. A quick stop to see my makeup artist @VilmaXox and I was on my way.
I got seated in time to hear WaterCan’s Executive Director George Yap announce the organization’s new initiatives, including a $526,000 donation from AVEDA Canada and $5.2 million grant from CIDA to support WaterCan’s Clean Water for Schools program. The funding will assist 183 primary schools to gain access to clean water in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda over a five-year period—directly benefiting 128,600 students and teachers.
WaterCan also launched its 25th anniversary year-long campaign, “Challenge 2012,” which seeks to raise $625,000 in an effort to bring clean water to an additional 25,000 people.
In celebration of such a huge milestone, Christina Lubbock, the widow of WaterCan’s founder Michael Lubbock, gave a touching speech and unveiled a portrait of her late husband that will hang in WaterCan’s head office.
Afterwards, I had the opportunity to meet Margaret Trudeau, the former wife of Pierre Trudeau—the 15th Prime Minister of Canada—and WaterCan’s Honorary President.
Meet Andrea, WaterCan’s Public Engagement & Communications Coordinator. She could be a model, don’t you agree?
Laura Wilson, WaterCan’s Finance & Administration Officer. She doesn’t like taking pics but I think this one turned out great. Thanks Laura!
On the left is George Yap, WaterCan’s Executive Director, in the middle is Jack Wagner, Chair of the Board of Directors, and the gentleman on the right I didn’t get his name.
Check out more photos from that evening below:
Every drop of water counts so find out how you can make a difference HERE.