Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blue Planet Network 2011 Summer Update

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We want to make sure you heard about some of this summer's incredible journeys. Our dedicated Team Blue athletes are going farther and farther for safe drinking water, supporting the cause with their own fundraising pages and helping us gain attention through their epic adventures. Please check out their photos and blogs listed below.

And don't forget our own journey as an organization. Our Annual Report details the progress we have made toward setting the standard for sustainable safe drinking water projects in developing nations, maximizing donor investment, implementer effectiveness, and community impact to transform lives.
Rudy van Prooyen Bail Out Rudy
Blue Planet Run 2007 relay runner, Rudy van Prooyen, just completed a self-supported 7,834 mile solo bike ride across 18 states in North America. Posing behind bars in Eureka, MT, (left) Rudy appealed to readers of his blog to "bail him out" by making a donation toward his goal of $10,000 for safe drinking water projects.
Follow Rudy's Tour de Water >
Annual Report Yearly Progress Report
We want you to see what you have helped create: safe drinking water and the chance to build a better life for 19,000 more people last year. Together, with our members, we have helped more than 800,000 people gain sustainable and trackable access to safe drinking water and/or improved sanitation since we began in 2004.
Read Our Annual Report >
Gobi March The Gobi March
In late June, physical therapist, Melissa Racouillat, set off on the Gobi March, a 6-day, 155-mile self-supported race across the desert in western China, one of the hottest and driest places on earth. Melissa finished the epic race in 4th place for females and first for her age group. Using this challenge to inspire friends, she has so far raised almost $5,000 for Blue Planet Network water projects!
Check Out Melissa's Gobi Photo Essay >
Samim Rizvi in Monument Valley Race Across America
In early June, three separate teams representing Blue Planet Network completed what is known as the world's toughest bike race, the non-stop, 3,000 mile Race Across America. Pushing on against countless challenges, Katie Spotz, Samim Rizvi and Team Hope showed how commitment, determination and stamina can conquer any challenge.
Read About the Teams and The Race>
We have been amazed, honored and inspired by the efforts of our entire community, including our donors, sponsors, and project implementers. We hope you will be, too. Please tell friends, donate in honor of these journeys, or plan your own challenge or event for safe drinking water.

Thanks for your support.
Lisa Nash
Lisa Nash and the entire Blue Planet Network team

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