Week 6

Week six of my internship has been like the other five weeks for the most part. I don’t have anything extraordinarily exciting to report.

I spent monday making a contact database for Rachael. It really is extraordinary how many people come out of the woodwork and want to help in a myriad of different ways. Basically I just entered their name, phone, email, company, what they do, and how we know them into a spreadsheet. I spent the rest of the week finishing the article I’m writing. I just have to finish some final revisions. Then I’m going to submit it to the Journal of Water and Health. Which is exciting. I’m not too hopeful that it will get published, but it would be extremely cool for both me and Water for Panama. So, keep your fingers crossed.

On tuesday Josh, our CFO, came in to the office. We fundraise through CrowdRise, a fundraising hosting website. CrowdRise does a bunch of fun little giveaways. For example, if you yell I’m cute then email them they’ll give you points on your account. On tuesday we got an email that the first 100 people to email them a picture of them spilling water on themselves would be awarded $25 to the charity of their choice. So, we convinced Josh to spill water all over himself. It was worth it; we got $25 for our summer fundraising campaign!

Steve, who works in another office in TechArtista developing a beer-keurig device, revealed to us that he knows two people involved in water work. One is a guy who drove down north america in a van distributing water filters to areas that need them. The other is Scott Harrison, the founder of charity water. Scott Harrison is basically Rachael’s idol, so she fangirled at that piece of info. Steve promised to introduce us/ connect us with Scott! Yet another perk of working in a co-working space.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been planning and fundraising for our charity bike ride. We’re making team tank tops, so we’ll look official. To prep I’ve been riding my bike around Forrest Park after work. Right now we’ve got about 8 people who are going to do the ride, and we’ve raised $710! Our goal is to raise $1,000, so we’re not done yet. If you want to donate/ learn more here’s a link to the fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/bikeforcleanwater/fundraiser/ashleyjunger

We’ve also been planning our big fundraising event for the end of the summer. It’s going to be a carnival themed cocktail event. We’re going to have games, raffles, food, and drinks. We’re going to sell tickets, and take donations. This event will cap off our summer fundraising campaign, and will hopefully raise lots of money to bring clean water to the people of Panama. If you’re going to be in St. Louis at the end of August, and want to come to this event email me at ashleyjunger_2016@depauw.edu.

That’s everything even remotely new over the last week. Stay tuned for the next update!

As always here are some pictures:

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Josh, spilling water on himself, but mostly the floor.

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Our poor wet floor

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Meetings!

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Rachael and I went to Fair STL to watch the fireworks!

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We went down the street to Coffee Cartel to work one afternoon.

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