The girls swim and dive team at Oak Park and River Forest High School went long and deep Friday with a Swim-a-Thon aimed at raising $12,000 to fund a single well large enough to serve an entire community in South Africa. The effort is organized through a youth-focused non-profit called ThirstProject.org. The girls swam 3.75 miles or 6,600 yards to honor the women and children who walk that same distance every day to bring water – in 45-pound cans – back to their homes.
After a local donor offered an additional $6,000 if the team raised $18,000, the effort went into overdrive with the total raised as of Tuesday morning at $18,396. That means OPRF swimmers will fund two wells. Organized by coach Clyde Lundgren, the goal is to play a practical part in facing the global water crisis.
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