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.”