This campaign closed on Mar 31, 2019 This campaign closed on Mar 31, 2019 and $576 is hard at work in Mozambique.

James Walpole

23 for 23 - James's Birthday

James Walpole

23 for 23 - James's Birthday

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$576Raised

  • 19 people will get clean water
  • 0 days left to donate
81%
$710

This campaign closed on Mar 31, 2019 and the money is being sent to the field. Still want to donate? You can give directly to charity: water.

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Top donors listed by:
Sean Rolland$125
Patsy Walpole$100
Anonymous$62
Anonymous$60
Anonymous$60

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.

Birthdays aren't all that impressive to me. Turning 23 (or any age) entitles me to none of your praise or congratulations or good wishes.

You know what you should be celebrating? How about clean drinking water and the people who make it possible?

As many of us Atlantans learned recently, it only takes one or two days of a water contamination crisis for people to go into apocalypse mode. Imagine never having clean water to begin with. That's about 10% of the world's population that suffers from poor health and lost opportunity because water is hard to acquire, dangerous to drink, and scarce.

I'd rather those 10% of humans be free to do impressive, celebration-worthy things - like innovation, art, science, literature, snowboarding tricks, bluegrass music, or the LEGO: Batman movie. And it turns out that clean water is a starting point for all of those sorts of thing.

Last year around my birthday some amazing friends and I raised an impressive $552 for Charity:Water, where 100% of donations given go toward creating sustainable, clean water sources. Out of our goal of providing clean water for 22 people, we made an impact that will help about 14. See what that was all about - and learn more about why clean water is so important: https://my.charitywater.org/james-walpole/22-for-22-james-s-birthday

I'm so grateful that we made that happen. It's ridiculous, actually, that so many people were so generous.

Well, it's once more unto the breach, good friends. This year I'm again "donating my birthday" to the good people at Charity:Water. And this year let's shoot for 23 - because we're not quitters.

I realize birthdays aren't all that impressive. But I'm still going to be bold enough to ask you again.

If you get value from me or my writing at jameswalpole.com, I'd be really honored if you tossed a couple of bucks toward this effort. No pressure - I'll keep writing for you anyway ;) If you donate $25 or more (email me if you do at james@jameswalpole.com), I'll write a short extemporaneous blog post riffing on a word/topic/question of your choosing*. I will exercise judgment about what's too personal or reprehensible - so keep it PG, y'all. You'd like that, wouldn't you?

And if you feel like giving, do it knowing that you're striking at the root of a problem with many branches. You *will* be helping people and having an impact that (like all good acts) will echo through eternity.

*Offer only valid until we hit our $710 goal, so move fast, y'all.

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Updates and Comments

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    Lydia Hodgson donated $25 - 7 months ago

    Happy 23rd birthday, James! I'm thankful for you and your intentionality.

  • E
    Elizabeth Beeli donated $25 - 7 months ago

    Love this! Happy Birthday James!

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    Charlotte and Hunter donated $23 - 7 months ago

    Happy Birthday. Hope 23 is the best yet!

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    Anonymous donated $60 - 7 months ago

    What a pleasure it is to support a great cause while celebrating a great man.

  • S
    Sean Rolland donated $125 - 7 months ago

    Great cause to choose sir :)

  • E
    Elyse Jupiter donated $50 - 7 months ago

    Happy birthday to one of the most authentic , kind, and generous guys I know!

  • A
    Anonymous donated $23 - 7 months ago

    Happy Birthday! What a great idea for your birthday. I love knowing just what to do for someone's birthday.

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    Anonymous donated $60 - 7 months ago

    God bless you, James! You have the biggest heart!

  • James Walpole
    James Walpole donated $23 - 7 months ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YA FILTHY ANIMAL

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.