Follett Sponsors Thirst Project’s Annual Gala and Engages Students in the Water Crisis
CHICAGO, June 25, 2015—Follett Higher Education Group, operator of nearly 1,200 college campus stores, is proud to sponsor the Thirst Project’s 6th Annual Thirst Gala taking place on June 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The fundraiser and multi-media exhibit is hosted to promote and raise awareness of the Thirst Project’s efforts to build freshwater wells in impoverished communities. The Thirst Project is a student founded non-profit organization committed to ending the world water crisis that currently affects more than 748 million people.
In addition to its sponsorship, Follett is also sending three student contest winners to the star-studded event. Natalia Seth, Sylvia Lai and Kayla Durham were all selected for their passion and individual efforts to make a difference. Through Follett’s 2015 “Dirty Little Secret” campaign, Seth helped spread awareness of the water crisis to thousands via Instagram. Through Follett’s 2015 “Can You Dig It?” campaign, Lai and Durham joined the Thirst Project team on a 10-day trip to Swaziland to help build and celebrate well projects. A documentary based on the trip will debut at the Thirst Gala.
“Each year, it’s remarkable to see the Thirst Project’s progress and accomplishments, which are often driven by students,” said Don Germano, president of Follett Higher Education Group. “Follett is proud to help millions of students across North America connect with an organization that empowers them to change lives for the better.”
This fall, Follett and the Thirst Project will kick off a national school tour to expand the awareness campaign. The Thirst Project Road Warriors will partner with Follett and 100 colleges and universities to coordinate on-campus events for community members to learn more about the water crisis and how they can help today.
Visit www.follett.com/community to learn more about Follett’s relationship with the Thirst Project. To view photos from Lai and Durham’s trip to Swaziland, ‘Like’ Follett Corporation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/follettcorp. For more information on the Thirst Project and the 6th Annual Thirst Gala, go to www.thirstproject.org.
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For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.
About Thirst Project | ThirstProject.org
The Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization. Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that travels across the United States speaking at schools to educate students about the global water crisis. 100 percent of all student and public donations raised go directly to funding freshwater wells on the ground in developing nations and impoverished communities to provide people with safe, clean water. In just six years, The Thirst Project has activated more than 400,000 students on 350 campuses across the United States who have raised $8Million, 100 percent of which has been used to give more than 285,000 people in 13 countries safe, clean water. And this is just the beginning. The Thirst Project has made a bold commitment to do what no organization has ever done before and give the entire nation of Swaziland safe, clean drinking water within a decade. Swaziland has the single-highest-density HIV/AIDS population of any country in the world, and water plays an incredibly critical role in effectively treating and managing AIDS.