BRANDON, MB – Members from BU athletics marked March 22, the United Nations World Water Day, by donating $3,650 towards clean drinking water.  The group, Bobcat Athletes for Action (BAFA), created a project named "Call for Clean Water." Their goal was to help over 100,000 people who lack clean drinking water. Last month BAFA with help from Heidi Howarth, owner of The 40, put on a fundraiser social. Along with raffle prizes donated by local businesses, BAFA was able to raise $3,650 – good enough to save 146,000 people, most of whom are children.



”The BAFA social was a great way to give back to those who need it. It only took one night and so many lives were saved, so many people got water that everyone equally deserves,” says Erin Visch-Krahn, graduating volleyball player and Co- Vice President of BAFA.

Over 900 million people worldwide lack clean drinking water. In a partnership with UNICEF’s TAP project, just $1 provides 40 liters of clean drinking water and will in turn save 40 lives a day.


“It works out to be approximately every 3.5 seconds someone in the world dies because of something we take for granted every day, That’s a horrible number, especially because we take it for granted every day,“ says Adam Philpott, graduating basketball player and founder of BAFA. “It was just really amazing to have everyone in the community of Brandon come together and get on board for a great cause. I just would like to thank everyone for their help, we ended up shattering our goal and it was a great success, but it's only a start of what we can do.”

The UN's World Water Day is an initiative that started in 1992 at a conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.

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