High students met Friday, Dec. 11, to pool their funds and plan to
spread the “Advent Conspiracy” among their friends. Mallory Maloney
holds a $10 bill, representing the cost of providing one child with
clean water for life. His co-conspirators are, from left, Hannah Apelt,
Anthony Ignagni, David Lopes, Audrey Lichten, Quinn O’Neil, Sarah
Berkes, Mackenzie Grinnell, Georgia Williams, Chris Lopes, David
Richards and Spencer Chisnall.
High school youths at
Dungeness Community Church believe that Christmas still can change the
world, and they have partnered with the Advent Conspiracy
(www.AdventConspiracy.org) to celebrate Christmas by raising money to
build wells in countries where clean water is unavailable.
"More people die from lack of clean water than all the natural disasters," said David Lopes, a senior at
Sequim High and leader in the church's youth group.
"Ten dollars gives a child a lifetime supply of water."
to the Advent Conspiracy Web site, more than 3,900 children die each
day from water-borne illnesses that are preventable when a clean water
source is available.
Raised $800 in '08
Last year the DCC youth group raised $800, according to Mallory Maloney, a Sequim junior. This year, he said,
"Our goal is just to get as many people involved as we can."
teens have presented a promotional video to their own church and are
encouraging their friends at school to contribute to the life-giving
Each interested student gives money and asks
friends to participate, too. Collection containers will be placed in
classrooms for donations. They also are promoting their cause in
newspapers and on radio to invite the public to participate.
Advent Conspiracy is a grass-roots movement with more than 1,000
churches in 17 countries participating as co-conspirators. In addition
to supporting the drilling of wells, they encourage congregations to
think of meaningful acts of kindness as an option to replace
"This is a different way to celebrate," said Hannah Apelt, a sophomore at Sequim High.
year through Advent Conspiracy, $3 million was raised for relief
projects providing clean water and medical attention in needy
communities around the world.
For additional local information about the project, contact DCC youth pastor Wayne Yamamoto at 683-7333 or 461-3887.
Reach Sandra Frykholm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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