The Marley Family Supports charity: water With $100,000 Donation From 1Love.org
Rita, Ziggy and Rohan Marley Present Contributions from 1Love.org Initiatives to Provide Safe, Clean Water for 5,000 People in Ethiopia
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2011 -- Marley Family matriarch and reggae icon Rita Marley, and her son, Grammy Award winning musician, Ziggy Marley and Rohan Marley were joined by other members of their family to announce a $100,000 donation to charity: water from 1Love.org, a not-for-profit business created with the Marley Family to create awareness and a sustainable flow of contributions to benefit charitable organizations that empower youth, protect the planet and encourage global peace. charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Rita, Ziggy, Rohan and the Marley Family presented the $100,000 check from 1Love.org to Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water. The funds were raised, in part, from a special 1Love.org Marley Mission launched earlier this year to support charity: water. "1 Drop for 1Love" encourages people worldwide to virtually contribute a single drop of water and post a message in support of clean water for those in need via 1Love.org. People are also encouraged to personally donate money to charity: water via the 1Love.org Giving Center. The donation was also made possible by contributions from Marley Family ventures, including The House of Marley personal audio products and Marley's Mellow Mood 100% natural relaxation beverages.
"Water is truly the seed of life," said Rita Marley. "We are so deeply grateful to have the support of so many fans, friends, and partners to provide access to clean water for thousands of our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. The need is so great and time is so short. 1Love.org provides an online home for those who share our family's values and lifelong commitment to better the global community for which we must all be responsible."
In five years, charity: water has funded more than 3,962 water projects in 19 different countries, bringing clean water to nearly 1.8 million people. Just $20 can provide one person with access to a clean water project. 100 percent of public donations go directly to water projects. To learn more, visit www.charitywater.org.
"I'm humbled by the generosity of Rita, Ziggy, Rohan and the entire Marley Family and 1Love.org community," said Scott Harrison, CEO and Founder of charity: water. "Together we are moving closer to our goal of helping provide access to clean, safe water to the billion people in the world currently living without it. Clean water will transform these communities."
"As humans, we should live a life of love, peace and respect for all," said Ziggy Marley. "The work charity: water does literally brings life to millions who would otherwise not have access to safe, clean water, which should be a basic human right. 1Love.org is one of our family's many initiatives that seek to help make our planet better day-by-day, person-by-person, drop-by-drop."
1Love.org and the Marley Family will soon announce new projects to help provide relief and support to the urgent food crisis in the Horn of Africa as well as a special Marley Mission to help build a new classroom in Uganda. Join the movement and take action at http://www.1Love.org or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/1loveorg.
The epicenter of a global movement, 1Love.org is dedicated to spreading Bob Marley's message of unity and peace by lifting up a new generation of "young gongs" to strike the hammer for charities, causes and ideas that can change the world. 1Love.org is a not-for-profit business created with the Marley family to create awareness and a sustainable flow of contributions to benefit 1Love.org-supported charities that empower youth, protect our planet and encourage global peace. A portion of the proceeds from product sales of three Marley Family ventures, The House of Marley personal audio products, Marley's Mellow Mood 100% natural relaxation beverages, and Marley Coffee, support 1Love.org.
Join the movement at http://www.1Love.org. Visit the Marley Family's primary website at www.BobMarley.com and join the Official Bob Marley Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BobMarley. Learn more about Marley Family ventures that support 1Love.org at http://www.TheHouseofMarley.com, http://www.MarleysMellowMood.com, and http://www.MarleyCoffee.com.
About charity: water:
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100 percent of public donations go directly to fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don't have access clean and safe drinking water. That's one in eight of us. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80 percent of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. Just $20 can give one person access to a clean water project. Learn more at: www.charitywater.org.
August 9, 2011 4:15am ET by Newsdesk