A free “Wine to Water” celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Bella Caffè in Park Rapids.

The Park Rapids chapter of Wellspring for the World is working to complete its 1,000th well by the end of the year. This event is a “thank you” to everyone in the community who has donated to the project over the years.

Wine, non-alcoholic fruit drinks and appetizers provided by Wellspring board members will be served. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome.

“This isn’t a fundraiser, it’s a celebration of what we have accomplished,” board member Cathy Peterson said. “By providing clean water, Wellspring is helping so many families in Africa thrive.”

This year’s event will feature a video presentation by a young girl from Fargo who wrote and illustrated a book to help raise money for the project. Sawyer Anderson is 10 years old and dedicated the book to Brian, also age 10, who lives in Zambia.

The book “Water Works” tells the story of how many kids in Africa have to walk several miles to get dirty pond water and carry it back to their village on their heads. Some children even die from water-borne diseases. Wellspring is helping change that one well at a time.

For each book sold, Wellspring of the World will donate $8.33 to World Vision to help provide clean, safe water. The books are available at waterworkssea.com.

Sawyer and volunteer teammates have raised more than $26,000 through fundraisers to develop 10 wells, helping 3,000 people gain access to clean water.

Wellspring for the World is a nonprofit organization that partners with World Vision. Donations may be sent to Wellspring at P.O. Box 936, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

More information about the program is available at www.wellspringfortheworld.org or by contacting board members Tony Platz (732-8029), Steve Steinborn (701-261-2241) or Mark Larsen (701-261-2241).