WFSS 2015-16 IRON GIRAFFE CHALLENGE
130 schools joined. 113 schools completed the Challenge.
Over $180,000 raised for WFSS!!
Thank you to all of our school supporters!
Congratulations to our winning schools!
First Prize- Visit with Salva
Daniel Bagley Elementary School, Seattle, WA
Second Prize- Visit with author Linda Sue Park
Woodland Middle School, East Meadow, NY
3 Third Prizes- Skype calls with Salva
Victor Middle School, Victor, NY
St. George Catholic School, Crystal Beach, Ontario
Jacob's Well Elementary School, Wimberley, TX
Bonus Prizes of Skype calls with Salva to
Deer Canyon Elementary School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Mendham Township Middle School, Brookside, NJ
THANK YOU to the 130 schools that signed up for this year's challenge, and to the 113 schools that completed the pledge and raised at least $1,000. Find your school's name on this year's list of IGC schools.
WFSS Super Challenge Winner: Columbia Intermediate!
We are pleased to announce that Columbia Intermediate School in Kings Mills OH was the first school to raise $25,000 in our Super Challenge and they won a visit by WFSS Founder Salva Dut on March 29, 2016. Congratulations to Columbia Intermediate and the entire Kings Local School District and community for your support. Special thanks to Ethicon, a Johnson and Johnson company, for also supporting Columbia in their quest to win the Super Challenge.
Stay tuned for details on next year's Iron Giraffe Challenge!
Iron Giraffe Challenge Summary
Children around the world helping the children of South Sudan
As demonstrated in the story A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, even the poorest children in America and other developed nations have incredible wealth compared to South Sudanese children. Enlist the help of your students in helping bring clean water to children and families in South Sudan.
Water for South Sudan drills water wells in South Sudan, the world's newest nation. As of August, 2015, we have drilled 259 wells, serving hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. The difficulty of drilling wells in the remote villages of South Sudan is that in many places there are no roads – sometimes even dirt roads do not exist. This puts a tremendous strain on our vehicles, causing frequent breakdowns. Our drilling rig—the Iron Giraffe— is about eight years old and on its last legs. In order to continue our work, it is critical that we buy a new Iron Giraffe at a cost of about $500,000.
Iron Giraffe Challenge Prizes for 2015-16
Salva Dut, WFSS Founder and Executive Director in East Africa, has issued a new Iron Giraffe Challenge. Salva hopes that schools will help us get our new Iron Giraffe by each raising a minimum of $1,000 this year. Each school that completes the challenge, raising at least $1,000 by April 1, 2016, will get one entry in the Iron Giraffe Challenge drawing for the following prizes:
· First Prize: A visit to your school with Salva Dut*
· Second Prize: A visit to your school with Linda Sue Park *
· Third Prizes: A 20-minute Skype call with Salva Dut* (we will award three 3rd prizes)
Increase your chances of winning! Schools that enlist other schools in the challenge will get an additional entry in the drawing— one for each referred school that completes the challenge by the April 1, 2016 deadline. See pledge form for details.
NEW IRON GIRAFFE CHALLENGE FOR 2015-16
2015 -16 Goal: 100 schools each raising $1,000 for a total of $100,000
2015 –16 Deadlines: Pledge forms due February 15, 2016
Donations must be postmarked, or received online, by April 1, 2016.
- Each school that raises $1,000 or more will receive a 2015-2016 Iron Giraffe Challenge banner.
- Schools that completed the 2014-15 challenge will get a new 2015-16 badge for their banners.
- Schools that raise $6,000 or more will share well sponsorship and naming rights on a well.
- ·Schools that raise $15,000 or more will get solo naming rights on a well.
- Schools may not use IGC funds donated last year nor carry over funds to future years.
- We prefer that schools process checks and send WFSS one check, or donate on our website here.
*Visits and Skype calls subject to Salva Dut and Linda Sue Park’s availability. WFSS reserves the right to cancel visits if Salva or Linda Sue are unable to fulfill the commitment for any reason, such as illness, unrest in South Sudan, etc. We will make every effort to provide a Skype call if an in-person visit is not possible. Each school will be eligible for only one visit or Skype call with Salva or Linda Sue.
*Visits and Skype calls subject to Salva Dut and Linda Sue Park’s availability which will require flexibility given Salva’s South Sudan location and Linda Sue’s travel schedule. If we are unable to fulfill the commitment, we will make every effort to provide a Skype call if an in-person visit is not possible. Each school will be eligible for only one visit or Skype call with Salva or Linda Sue.
Our inaugural Iron Giraffe Challenge (IGC), in 2014-15, was a resounding success, with 92 schools raising over $120,000! Read more about last year's challenge here.