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EPISODE#207
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: WELLS OF LIFE

Rick Howick, OC Catholic Radio host, interviews guests about important Catholic issues in the Diocese of Orange and throughout the world.

Pete Callahan, president along with Patricia Doyle, advisory board member, of Wells of Life shared their love and enthusiasm with listeners for Wells of Life.

Please visit www.wellsoflife.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/25/20

WATER FOR UGANDA

Wells of Life annual Run4Water exceeded its fundraising goal by raising $123,206 to restore and repair 40 water wells. Run4Water is the sole fundraiser for the nonprofit Wells of Life, which provides access to clean, sustainable water for the communities of Uganda, Africa. 

Solano RCIA 2020, the team from San Francisco Solana Church in Rancho Santa Margarita generated $12,000 of the total, coming in second place in the competition. 

Originally planned for late April, organizers quickly moved to a virtual fundraising platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic and extended Run4Water into early June.   

Wells of Life Founder and CEO Nick Jordan said, “The success of funding the restoration of 40 wells is a testament to our donors’ commitment to saving lives in Uganda by providing access to clean water.”  

Patricia Doyle oversees the RCIA at her parish, San Francisco Solano. The program provides classes for adults who want to join the Catholic faith.   

Doyle had been searching for something tangible tied to social justice to increase the students’ understanding of the word Catholic (or universal) and suggested the nonprofit Wells of Life.   

Of the effort, Doyle says: “Through Zoom meetings, emails and prayers, Team RCIA 2020 raised enough money for one new well and the cost to repair two additional wells; ultimately providing 3,000 people in Uganda the lifesaving gift of clean water.”  

WELLS FOR LIFE OVERFLOWS

Over 700 attendees participated in Wells of Life’s fourth annual Run4Water fundraiser held in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Organizers were thrilled to accomplish their fundraising goal of recruiting 50 teams to fund 40 sustainable water wells for rural communities in Uganda, Africa. The top fundraising team from San Francisco Solano Church, RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in Rancho Santa Margarita raised $30,260. Run4Water featured 5K and 1K runs/walks, sponsor exhibit booths, give-aways, a Tesla auto exhibit, children’s activities and food trucks.  

Teams were encouraged to raise $6,000 to fund one water well that provides clean water to 1,000 villagers for up to 25 years. Wells of Life raises all overhead so 100% of donations fund the actual well production. Other top fundraising teams included Team Mike Martin at $12,635 and Team Stokas raised $12,340. Funds were also raised for wells in memory of the Rev. Billy Graham and Margaret Jordan, mother of Wells of Life founder Nick Jordan. 

Top overall race competitors were Cory Costa in the 5K male category with a time of 18:43, fol-lowed by John Wacker at 18:45. Sarah Diehl of Laguna Niguel finished first in the female division with a time of 20:59, followed by Sydney Lovejoy at 23:02. 

Festivities were led by Wells of Life founder and executive director Nick Jordan and president Pete Callahan. Run4Water sponsor Pedego Electric Bikes donated an electric bike valued at $2,295 won by longtime Wells of Life supporter Rick Cabral. Team Pedego also finished fourth in the fundraising category raising $12,556. Other opportunity prizes included a one-year family membership at Renaissance Club Sport, a two-night stay at Renaissance Club Sport and a Madrid skateboard.