Issaquah girl raised $1.2 million

July 2, 2013

By Staff

Rachel Beckwith

Rachel Beckwith

Many children have joined charity: water’s fundraising campaigns by foregoing birthday presents, and one begun by the late Rachel Beckwith achieved a record $1.2 million.

As Beckwith was planning for her 9th birthday, she heard there were people who die for a lack of clean water. She launched her campaign, as many children do, on the charity: water website.

She wrote, “On June 12th, 2011, I’m turning 9. I found out that millions of people don’t live to see their 5th birthday. And why? Because they didn’t have clean, safe water so I’m celebrating my birthday like never before. I’m asking from everyone I know to donate to my campaign instead of gifts for my birthday. Every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund freshwater projects in developing nations.”

Her goal was to raise $300. She fell a little short of her goal by her birthday. Just a few days later, on July 20, she was involved in a 13-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 and died a few days later.

A pastor from her church then reopened the donor page that she had created and donations began to pour in from all over the world.

The website reports the Beckwith campaign raised $1,265,823, which will provide clean water to 37,770 people. The money came from 31,997 donations.

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