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Water for the World – Battle of the Bands Blowout

April 28th, 2007

There’s a battle of the bands at Marist tomorrow to raise money for the Wenchi Water Project. Read below for the facebook description of the event, or read the Marist Public Affairs release about the event. And facebook users, go to the event page to get more information.

Clean drinking water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity in Ghana. The supply of drinking water for the rural population is insufficient both in quantitative and qualitative terms. In fact, the treatment and distribution of water occurs in less than 50% of the country. The lack of water in villages and towns makes it difficult to maintain good health and may cause diseases such as dysentery, cholera, diarrhea and guinea worm. Women and children are being forced to travel long distances in order to obtain drinkable water.
Wenchi Water Project Company Ltd. was established in 1984 for drilling water wells in villages in Africa. They are currently in collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani in efforts to raise funds for the drilling of clean water in Ghana. This project will aim to build three mechanized boreholes in three targeted communities: Abesim, Chiraa and Dumasua.

Each borehole costs $14,024 and will impact a group of about 7,900 people, mostly school children of small-scale farmers. The project will be conducted in close relation with the District Water and Sanitation team, a government water authority. The Catholic Diocese of Sunyani has asked Marist College to raise $10,000 for project and hopes to raise the remaining $4,000 to build one borehole for one community.

On April 29th, 2007 the Marist College Council of Business Leadership and SGA Student Programming Council will be hosting a benefit consisting of a Battle of the Bands. This event will be open for students and the community in hopes to raise money for the Wenchi Water Project.
Join the Marist community while we enjoy music, food and prizes as we come together to WATER THE WORLD…one well at a time.

The following bands will be performing at the event:
1) Radfax
2) Pass the Broccoli Grandpa
3) Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project
4) The Comeback Tour
5) This Condition
6) Cove Road

The event runs 11:00am – 5:00pm, and there will be plenty of raffles going on throughout the day. And I hear Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project kicks ass.

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