One28 Benefit Concert for Clean Water Wells

September 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Danielle Barrios

More than 100 students, faculty and fans gathered Wednesday evening for One28’s benefit concert with Jason Castro and Brandon Heath, bringing the community together for good music and a good cause.

The concert, held at 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg student theatre, accepted all donations with proceeds going to One28’s goal of raising $12,000 for African Water Wells and Living Water International. As the theatre seats began to slowly fill, One28 members and their mentors stood proudly in red T-shirts anxiously waiting for their community to get involved for such an important cause.

A promotional film from Living Water educated the audience on the need for clean water wells in Africa. (PHOTO BY CAROLINA BRIOSO / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The Water Well Dilemma

Every 15 seconds, one child dies from a water related disease due polluted water or lack of hydration. Recently, One28 members became passionate about this cause deciding to team up Living Water International in hopes of eventually putting a stop to this epidemic. Living Water International has helped ministries all across the country including more than 9,000 water projects in over 25 countries.

“Were trying to raise at least enough money for one water well,” said David Morrison, an enthusiastic member of the One28 staff.

Morrison encouraged the community saying, “Let’s all get together and do this- do something great for nation in need.” Morrison spoke on behalf of One28’s goal to raise at least $12,000 dollars from selling $20 T-shirts and $5 water bottles at the benefit concert for the one-sixth of the world’s population that doesn’t have access to clean, safe water.

Castro, a former American Idol contestant, and Heath, an award-winning gospel singer, played crowd favorites. Between performances, One28 staff members reminded the audience of the important cause the concert’s proceeds would benefit.

Logan Masters, SMU senior and a fan of Heath, showed her enthusiasm for both One28’s mission and the Water Well project sitting with her friends as the theatre began to fill.

“You can just show up here at 8, and everyone’s here with open arms,” said Masters about One28’s passionate and friendly members. Although it is her fourth year as a member, she has high hopes this concert and cause will have an impact within community.

Former American Idol contestant Castro delighted crowds and supported a humanitarian cause through his music. (PHOTO BY CAROLINA BRIOSO / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

One28’s Step Toward Change

As the concert came to a close and the students slowly cleared the theatre, donations rolled in. One28 staff members have not counted the money they have raised yet, but they have the utmost optimism for change and the world’s water conditions.

Because lack of water has caused so many health, education, and poverty issues around the world, Talisa Dever urged SMU students to have a good time and get involved with One28 for their cause.

“We do lots of service projects but we do fun stuff too,” Dever said. She encouraged everyone, even the timid freshmen to come to One28’s weekly meetings in Hughes Trigg every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Get involved on campus with One28 or learn more about the One28’s quest for clean water.

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