BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - As we all know, clean water is essential for everyday living. It's as simple as turning on your faucet, and it's right there.
However, for countries such as Africa, that isn't the case. To help this issue so many people live with, Rachel Kelly founded, "Quench."
Kelley tells News 4's Bryan Shaw, "We fundraise to increase and improve the world's access to fresh water, we are fundraising to provide a fresh water well in Africa. I got involved with the Global Water Crisis, the more I learned, the more I realized I wanted to do something to fix it and there wasn't really anything to join so I started this myself."
Sunday was the second part of the Million Meter Challenge. This is a rowing event that she decided would be a good fit to have as a fundraiser, especially since she rows crew for Nardin academy.
The event raised $1,500 of the $7,000 goal in the first round and logged over 600,000 meters.
Rower, Elizabeth Walter from Nardin Academy says, "It's an international thing. It gives to other countries and I feel often we are so focused on our own personal lives, that we don't look beyond our hometown and Rachel managed to do that with this charity."
Kelly started Quench last year after learning about the Global Water Crisis and how women and children in Africa have to travel for miles just to access water.
"We partner with the water project so we donate the money to them. This is the fundraising part, so we fundraise and send the money to the Water Project who will work with the community to set up and implement that works in a way that's economically sounds for the area," said Kelly.
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