2016–17 Key Club International President Devin Sun (middle) and Vice President Mary Grace Lewis (right) take a photo with Seth Maxwell (left), chief executive officer and co-founder of Thirst Project.
For three years, Key Club members had a “Dirty Little Secret” and carried the water bottles to prove it.
In partnership with Thirst Project, Key Club members ran the “Dirty Little Secret” campaign, in which they carried bottles of dirty water, intended to spark conversation about the global water crisis. The hope was that discussion about the dirty water would get people interested in and committed to taking action to end the water crisis.
This past year, Key Club solidified its partnership with Thirst Project and participated in a co-branded “Thirsty 30” campaign. Launched in January, the campaign raised money for Thirst Project’s efforts to bring solutions to the clean water crisis.
For these efforts, Thirst Project honored Key Club with its Vision Award at the Thirst Gala held in April in California. Key Club International President Devin Sun, along with Vice President Mary Grace Lewis, accepted the award on behalf of Key Club’s 260,000 high school members.
And, two Key Club members from Hershey High School in Pennsylvania received Power of Youth honors at the gala. Michael Miller and Erica Wang were honored for organizing a community-wide walk for water in April 2016. They raised US$17,000 for clean-water projects and will attempt to repeat their success this year while increasing their fundraising goal to $24,000.
"It was an absolute honor to receive this year's Vision Award at the 8th Annual Thirst Project Gala," said Sun. "This distinction means that we are the organization who, of all of the Thirst Project’s partners, has given the most generously to help in putting an end to the global water crisis. This recognition serves as a testament to the fact that Key Club is the largest and oldest high school service organization in the world. Take pride in that accolade, and know that we are making differences in our world that we want to see. Be proud, Key Clubbers, and congratulations.”
Thirst Project hopes to educate the next generation by arming students with information about how they can be a part of social change, make a difference and encourage others to join them in the effort.
More information about Hershey High School Walk for Clean Water is at https://www.walk4cleanwater.com/