Is there something BIG
that REALLY matters
you know you want to do
before you die?
Scott Harrison has a plan to solve the water problem. That’s really big and it matters a lot. Amazingly, he’s well on his way, and I want to help him, and I want you to help him, too.
I met Scott last month at the World Domination Summit, and he immediately earned a hero role in my upcoming blockbuster movie, Heroes and Other Things. His story is the stuff that makes you want to— well, go out and do something big that really matters, too.
Raised by Christian parents, Scott had an unusual childhood taking care of his sick mother and attending a Chirstian school with only eight other kids in a basement classroom. Once released to public high school he was quick to reinvent himself as a teenage rock and roller and start a slow journey toward what he calls “spiritual bankruptcy.” At 18 he moved to New York City with his band and hit the night life, but promoting was more lucrative than performing so he slowly built his reputation and connections until he was a top level nightclub and fashion show promoter. Flying to Paris on weekends for fashion events, hobnobbing with celebrities and models and music legends, and literally getting paid to party was addictive. (At one point he was paid $2,000 a month just to be seen drinking Budweiser and another $2000 a month drinking Bacardi.)
And then it hit him:
“I’ve got a Rolex watch, a grand piano in my apartment, a leased BMW, a golden retriever, and a girlfriend that’s on billboards and magazines, all the boxes that I wanted to tick… I was the worst person I knew. I was the most selfish, sycophantic, arrogant, no-good… I’m a polluter, I sell decadence and escapism! …not a single redemptive thing about my life.”
So, he set out to reinvent himself again and revive his Christian faith. “What would the opposite of my life look like?”
Reading dense theology books and the New Testament, he started seeing Jesus as “a bad ass who helped other people,” a role model he could relate to. He eventually volunteered as a photographer for Mercy Ships in Africa. His job was to take before-and-after shots of people who came to the surgery ship where he worked and lived for two years. Transformed by the courage of the patients and the doctors and staff who treated them, Scott began to find purpose in his life.
He also saw the big problem: water. Many of these people were sick just because they didn’t have clean drinking water. He also saw opportunity, and he’s dedicated his life to it.
In 2006 Scott started Charity: Water, an organization that funnels 100% of all donations directly to projects that bring clean drinking water to people who need it. Here are some facts:
- Nearly 1 billion people live without clean drinking water.
- Most of those families live on less than 1 dollar a day.
- People, mostly women and children, walk up to 3 hours a day to get to their water source.
- And the water is riddled with disease.
- Every 19 seconds a child dies of water related illness
Charity: Water brings clean water to people who need it most, which means less disease and more time for school and work. Every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation yields an average of $4-$12 for the local economy, depending on the type of intervention.
- Charity: Water has grown 100% every year.
- They’ve brought clean water to over 750,000 people in 20 countries.
- 100% of your donation will directly fund freshwater projects in developing nations.
- Just $20 can give one person clean, safe drinking water.
Help me help Scott help them
Scott Harrison, Husband, Follower of God, Photographer, Humanitarian before he dies wants to “bring clean drinking water to every single person on the planet” This year, he will “help a million people get clean water.”
Scott told me and 999 other attendees at the conference his remarkable story. We were moved to tears. At the end of his talk we all stood and pledged to support him by dedicating our next birthdays to raising awareness and money for the cause. Mine is on September 15, so I’m starting now.
With your help I want to raise $4800, enough to fund a village’s water supply. (There’s a hint to my age in that number.) Plus, Charity: Water is really cool to get involved with. When you make your donation it gets bundled with a specific fund that you follow through building, implementing, and assessing the actual project your money pays for.
Remember, just $20 brings clean water
to a person who doesn’t have it now.
And what about you?
At the World Domination Summit, I asked people what their big goals are. They donned the Pilot Fire goggles and let the world know. You’ll be seeing more of those video proclamations in the weeks to come, along with a big announcement.
You now know Scott’s.
What do you know you want to do before you die. Is it something BIG that REALLY matters? Let us know. I’ll be announcing soon how you can get help doing it.