Monthly Archives: June 2011
Koons Arlington Toyota was proud to support HB Woodlawn in their Water (H2O) for Life Walk last month. More than 300 people participated in the event that will fund wells for people in both Haiti and Bangladesh who currently have no access to fresh water.
Here is more from an email from Patty Hall, President and Co-Founder of H2O for Life:
“Finally, the race day arrived! Saturday, May 21, was a beautiful day at Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington, Virginia. HB Woodlawn school spent months planning a 5K trail run/walk to raise funds for H2O for Life. H2O for Life is a service learning project which partners U.S. schools, youth groups, businesses, faith organizations, clubs and individuals with schools in developing nations in need of water, sanitation and hygiene education.
This year HB Woodlawn chose two partner schools. They hoped to raise funds for Baliarpur School in Bangladesh, and Nationale Alexandre Petion de Ranthionoby School in Haiti. The students ambitiously set their fundraising goal at $5,000. Throughout the year students studied issues surrounding the water crisis, distributed posters and flyers throughout their building, and encouraged many students to join them in their efforts.
Last fall, an ABC crew visited HB Woodlawn and arranged a Skype call between the HB students and students at Baliarpur School in Bangladesh. After a frenzy of combined efforts between H2O for Life, Save the Children, the implementing partner in the countries, and the students and staff of HB Woodlawn, the call was organized. The Skype call was facilitated by Dr. Richard Besser for ABC News. In late January, the call was showcased on Good Morning America. Students were mobilized into action!
Through the help of enthusiastic and dedicated parent volunteers, students, DC Roadrunners, and teacher, Cecilia Allen, HB Woodlawn planned the 5K walk for water. The walk symbolizes the average distance that is walked multiple times daily in many developing countries to collect water. The walk committee asked the local community to help sponsor the event. Koons Arlington Toyota stepped up to the plate, and donated $5,000 to cover most of the costs for the walk. Due to this amazing sponsorship, the HB Woodlawn students dramatically exceeded their initial goal and raised over $13,000. More than 300 people participated in the event. Walk proceeds will fund the water project for both of their partner schools, and more! Additional funds will be designated for another school in need through partner H2O for Life.
HB Woodlawn and H2O for Life give a huge thank you to Koons Toyota!”
And Koons Arlington Toyota was only too happy to help. We love to support our community and it’s great to see people of all ages working together to help others.