Ferris State Volleyball Digging Support For African Well Fund Charity

The 2009 Ferris State University women's volleyball team is presently soliciting donations for the African Well Fund and every cent donated for a Bulldog dig in all of FSU's 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular-season matches both home and away will go directly to support this worthwhile endeavor.    

African Well Fund is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for building and maintaining wells in Africa.  The Bulldog women's volleyball team is directly involved in the Dig A Well For Kids charity fundraiser in which the proceeds raised will help to ensure safe water and enhanced sanitation for rural schools in Uganda. 

For those wishing to make a donation, a pledge per dig can be made by signing a pledge sheet which will be available at the door of the Ewigleben Sports Arena prior to every 2009 FSU women's volleyball regular-season conference home match.  Donations will also be accepted via e-mail by contacting Bulldog women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm at brandelt@ferris.edu or assistant coach Theresa Beeckman at beeckmt@ferris.edu.   For more information, please contact the Ferris State women's volleyball office at (231) 591-2871 or 2745. 

"We're always engaged in community activities and believe outreaching to the world community is important," said Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs), a current FSU women's volleyball senior student-athlete about the team's African Well Fund fundraiser.  "It's really inspiring for us to touch our community, but also to help others worldwide who are far less fortunate than we are.  We (Americans) tend to take water for granted, but the limited or no access to water for the Ugandans is a difficult hardship which they shouldn't have to endure.

"It's comforting to know our digs on the court will have added significance and strive for us to play at a continuous high level," added Edwards.  

African Well Fund was formed in October 2002 by a group of U2 fans inspired by the media coverage of Bono's May 2002 trip to Africa with then Secretary of U.S. Treasury, Paul O'Neill. Struck by the relatively low cost of building a well and the enormous difference that a well can make in the life of a village, we were convinced that raising the money to build a well was an easily achievable goal. It was from this conviction that the African Well Fund (AWF) was born.

All donations to the African Well Fund go directly to Africare. Africare is a leader among private, charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa. It is the oldest and largest African-American organization in the field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $450 million in assistance to 35 countries Africa-wide. To learn more about Africare and their work please visit www.africare.org.

Ferris State opens its 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) slate this Friday (Sept. 11) versus the Wayne State Warriors in Big Rapids, Mich.  A 7 p.m. (EDT) start time is scheduled for the conference opener at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena. 

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