‘Workout of the Day’ to raise funds for clean water wells

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One billion people in the world live their lives without clean drinking water. Every day 4,500 children under the age of five die from water borne diseases.

If those staggering numbers don’t sober the other six billion people on the planet, then, perhaps nothing will.

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Jason Jones, a member of WOD (Workout Of the Day) for Water of Troy was the program guest at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.

Jones said WOD for Water of Troy is partnering with NeverThirst, an organization that builds clean water wells in Third World countries, to raise funds to build wells in Africa and India.

The “Workout of the Day” will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 on the Bibb Graves Quad of Troy University.

“‘Workout Of the Day’ is a CrossFit term,” Jones said. “For our purposes, we’ll be working out for 20 min. using ‘Jerry Cans,’ which are the water jugs that are used in Third World countries to deliver water to villages.”

The workouts will be customized for each participant by filling the Jerry to his or her desired weight, from 40 pounds down to empty.

“The purpose of this type workout is to bring awareness to daily living conditions in Africa and India,” Jones said. “The water is there for these people. They just can’t get to it. NeverThirst builds clean water wells in these Third World countries so that children don’t have to walk miles each day to get water, not even clean water. They sometimes walk more than five miles to get dirty water.”

Jones said the NeverThirst clean water wells last up to 20 years and are located a short distance from the people they serve.

“One well is said to provide water for 160 people for 20 years,” he said. “NeverThirst also partners with the local churches to share the gospel of Jesus Christ when children and their families come to the well.”

The goal of WOD for Water of Troy was to raise enough money through its event to build four wells.

“The cost of building one well in Africa is $2,500 and $3,000 in India,” Jones said. “Our goal was $10,000 and we have reached and passed that goal. So, we can guarantee four wells and are within $400 of being able to build a fifth well.”

On Oct. 13, people of different ages will participate in a “Workout Of the Day” like no other. They will squat, lunge and run with Jerry Cans in tow in an effort to raise one more dollar to help build one more well so that another 160 people will not have to fill their baskets will dirty water and so that more children will not have to die from water borne diseases.

Registration for the “Workout Of the Day” on Oct. 13 is $40. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the Bibb Graves Quad.

The opportunity to build a well and change lives is available to groups and individuals through donations, Jones said. For more information or to make a donation to the WOD for Water of Troy fund-raiser, contact Jones at Jones Medical Supply on South Brundidge Street in Troy or call (334) 566-1002.