Missed out on #water4all? Here are the highlights
June 23, 2015 – From Isabelle Netto
Last Tuesday June 16th, Ecoloodi held its #water4all fundraising event at CSI Annex. What a night! Around 50 of us came together for an evening of music, food, demonstrations, discussions, a photobooth, a silent auction, and much more, to fundraise for Ecoloodi’s #water4all campaign.
Actor Rick Miller introduced the event, giving everyone the chance to learn a little more about Ecoloodi and founder Ludiwine Clouzot.
After a few words from Ludiwine (who reminded us about African Children’s Day), a special guest for the evening arrived: Tyler Mifflin, one half of TVO’s The Water Brothers, kept it relevant by coming up on stage and talking about women’s role in water accessibility in Africa, as depicted in the show’s “No Woman, No Water” episode.
It was wonderful to see how engaged and energized everyone was – after Tyler’s talk, a young audience member, Emma, came up on stage and became an interviewer! Emma participates in an Eco Club at her school and came by to support #water4all with her parents. Emma’s first question to Tyler was on how it felt like to drink cow’s blood with the Masai in Kenya. We were all dying to know the same thing, Emma!
Victoria Sauveplane introduced both Ludiwine and Krystyn Tully, co-founder of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, to discuss the importance of education and getting children involved in environmental efforts. Ludiwine really drove home the point on the importance of games and play for getting children involved (and I think even grown-ups are into it as well!). Children are also our future, and the earlier we incorporate environmental ideas into children’s lives, the better.
Krystyn remarked that children are more open to new ideas and being influenced, and in turn can influence their parents. And once again our spirited young audience member joined in and contributed to the discourse – what better than to have an actual kid tell us about being a kid? Perfect!
Demonstrations and Photobooth
During the event, Engineers Without Borders offered a demonstration which highlighted the challenges, difficulties, and strategies for how to make a water filter when you don’t understand the instructions. It was very popular with the guests!
A photo booth was also set up with props, water drops, and traditional clothing from Benin, where guests could dress up and pose for the camera! I think we all had fun with this one!
Throughout the evening we were entertained by live music as well. First we had new band Almost Lovers, whose member Stephanie Gora is doing a drinking water-related PhD (we’re keeping with the theme here, folks!)
Next up was Célia Opéra, whose fantastic voice closed the evening on a high note, no pun intended.
We also had a Silent Auction to fundraise for #water4all. Guests were able to bid in their own time on a variety of items including freshwater pearl bracelets (very apropos!), hand-made ceramic bowls, and yoga classes. We had a fantastic turnout, and $650 was raised with the Silent Auction, as well as $670 through entrance fees for the event itself.
Overall we had an amazing fun night with a lot of positivity and excitement in the air. What a success! A special thanks to all the volunteers, Silent Auction donors, Rick Miller, Emma, The Water Brothers, Almost Lovers, Krystyn Tully, Célia Opéra, CSI Annex for the wonderful location, and finally, all of you who attended the event.
The #water4all indiegogo campaign runs for another week. If you haven’t donated yet, please do so here.
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