Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6:00pm
December 4, 2021
Our Charity Ball event will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021.
Forum Corporate & Convention Center
Our Charity Ball will begin at 6:00 p.m.
It’s time to reserve your seats for the party of the season!
Tickets and Sponsorships are now being accepted.
Or, if you cannot make the event…
Donations are now being accepted.
This Year’s Honored Guest
Fishers Rotary, and the WaterIslife Charity Ball is honored to be able to welcome and host the Mayor of Freetown, the Capital City of Sierra, Leone.
Named recently to the 2021 Time100 Next List of Emerging World Leaders who are shaping the future.
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, OBE
Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone
A finance professional with over 25 years of private sector experience in strategic planning, risk management consulting and project management, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s public sector engagement began with her work as the Director of Planning at the National Ebola Response Centre during the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015 and her subsequent role as Delivery Team Lead for the President’s Recovery Priorities – the second phase of a multi-stakeholder programme to drive socio-economic recovery in Sierra Leone post Ebola.Her advocacy and charity contributions include campaigning against the trade in “blood diamonds” during the Sierra Leone civil war and in 1999, co-founding the Sierra Leone War Trust for Children (SLWT) which continues to support disadvantaged children in Sierra Leone today.
Mayor Aki-Sawyerr is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a BSc Hons in Economics from Fourah Bay College. She is married and has two children.
Our Entertainment for the Evening
Dance the night away with music from The Flying Toasters.
Rotary Club of Fishers Charity Ball Mission
Bringing water to 150,000+ people in villages in western Africa.
About Water Is Life
This year the Fishers Rotary WaterIsLife Project celebrates our 12th anniversary – it’s been over a decade of changing lives for the better. We have completed the construction of 155+ wells over this time frame, and are very proud to report that ALL 155+ wells are still in service in nearly 155 communities across Sierra Leone. The size of these communities total to over 150,000 people; and with the addition of the surrounding areas who visit the wells, our friends in Sierra Leone estimate we are likely serving in excess of 300,000 people with fresh sanitary water.
Fishers Rotary and the Rotarians of Freetown have had the honor of applying for and receiving 5 competitive grants from The Rotary Foundation, and we are currently planning and funding what we plan to be our largest Grant yet. Rotary Foundation Grants provide matching dollars to go along with the local fundraising we do each year at our annual event – The WaterIsLife Charity Ball. To date, over the last decade, we have raised – including matching funds from the foundation – over $1,000,000 to provide clean drinking water to rural villages in Sierra Leone.
Thanks to your generosity and support over the years we are serving clean lifesaving water to 2% of Sierra Leone’s total population – this means together we have literally saved 100’s perhaps 1,000’s of lives each year.
A safe supply of clean water is a critical requirement for effective Health Care, particularly for Ebola care and patient hydration needed due to waterborne illnesses.
2.6 million people in Sierra Leone don’t have access to safe water.
Over 5 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in Sierra Leone, over four-fifths of the population.
Over 4,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Sierra Leone.
A Special Thanks to Last Year’s Major Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor & Partner
Sponsor of the Annual Antler’s & Tails Game