charity: water – Making a difference

Paull Young - charity water

Paull Young - Director of digital at charity: water

Earlier this year when I was in New York, I visited former Sydney-sider Paull Young at the offices of charity: water.

I first “met” Paull on Twitter back in 2008. He had moved to New York to take up a position as a social media consultant at digital agency Converseon.

Then he had a birthday. Birthdays are usually all about you. However, charity: water provided a vehicle to have a birthday with a difference. It’s one that’s been supported by the likes of actor Will Smith, singer Justin Bieber and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. People donate money to build much-needed wells in third world countries instead of giving you gifts.

Paull did this for his birthday and this introduction to charity: water ultimately resulted in a new job. He made a move into the not-for-profit sector as is Director of Digital at the innovative organisation charity: water.

If you’re not familiar with charity: water, some key points:

100% of public donations go directly to water projects. All operating costs are covered by a group of private donors so every dollar you give can go to people in need.

90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are of children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.

Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.

Along their long walk, they’re subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.

With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.

(source: charity: water)

You can watch a video explaining it here:


You’re invited

If you’d like to find out more about charity: water, join Paull as he visits his hometown of Sydney for a presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday 24 November 2011 at The Exchange Centre, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney.

Charity water invite


To secure your place at the event please RSVP here.

About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.