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A report on our We Stopped Cholera kickoff Celebration

A report on our We Stopped Cholera kickoff Celebration


On Friday evening, some 300 people turned out to see Clay Jenkinson as Meriwether Lewis. (and Seaman the Newfie!) In addition to a fabulous performance (we will have him back!), Clay indicated he wants to support Friendly Water for the World even more, noting that we are "a global expression of Jeffersonian Democracy in action." We are working on bigger plans together!

Saturday was Friendly Water's Administration and Operations Director Drissia Ras' day. Besides being a scientist (one of the world's leading experts on the removal of arsenic with a BioSand Filter), organizer, website and data coordinator, and French and Arabic translator (and, boy, do we need it!), she is also a fabulous cook! On Saturdaymorning, she led a jam-packed Moroccan Cooking Class at Bayview Market (with thanks to the Storman Family for letting us have the space), teaching how to prepare couscous with all the trimmings. I have already heard from two of her students that they went right home and prepared it themselves, and it was fabulous.

Then, in the evening, we had our Victory Dinner, also featuring Moroccan food. We talked about the next steps in the We Stopped Cholera Campaign (more on that later).

And then, we auctioned off the Board Chairman's 36-year-old moustache! The bidding was wild and woolly, with bids for him to keep the moustache, shave it off, trim it, shave off half of it. Finally, a syndicate formed, and it was decided that it simply had to go, at a final price of more than $700 to ensure clean water. Tai the barber, who has wanted to get rid of the darn thing for almost a decade, was there to do the honors.

Let's remember that this is just the beginning of the Campaign, not the end. There will be a Black Friday wine-tasting, "A Little Wine After Shopping", at the Women's Club of Olympia, and on January 17th, a "There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch" Free Lunch, with food from Olympia's own Nineveh. Watch this space for details. Thanks to all who made this possible, and are helping to ensure clean water with us all over the world!

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