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Local chapter of Wellspring to host kickoff event Oct. 6


A non-profit organization will help change "Wine Into Water" at the kickoff event for Wellspring for the World - Park Rapids chapter.

The organization provides much needed clean water by drilling deep water wells in Africa.

Larry Swenson, member of the Park Rapids chapter of Wellspring for the World, said the local group stemmed from a group in Fargo, N.D. A few of the Fargo members had ties to the Park Rapids area and thought a satellite chapter made sense in this area.

The purpose of Wellspring for the World is to raise money to provide safe drinking water for the people of Mali, Ghana, and other areas of the world.

"It's good to remember there are reasons to help people in Africa, especially thinking about the children," Swenson said.

The wine tasting event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Bella Caffé in Park Rapids. Juice tasting is also available as an alternative.

Of the $15 cost, two-thirds will go directly toward drilling a deep water well in Africa.

About 12,000 children die every day throughout the world because they do not have safe water or basic sanitation, Swenson said. Children have no choice but to drink disease-infected water from surface lakes and ponds.

A drilling well costs $5,220. That money is tripled through matching grants provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and other donors through World Vision.

A local leadership council has been formed with the following members: Doug Bakken, Eileen Bolton, Joyce Cowman, Jack Derr, Cathy Peterson, Genell Poitras, Steve Steinborn, Larry Swenson and Carl Wall. The honorary leadership council includes Dr. Curt and Ruth Bakken, Bill Cowman, Joy R. Derr, Kathryn and Bill Medellin, Thom Peterson, Ed Poitras, Lou and Kay Schultz, Cheryl Steinborn and Carol Wall.

For more information about Wellspring for the World call Joyce Cowman at 732-0992 or Larry Swenson at 732-9372.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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