Saturday, December 7, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
This year’s event details will be announced shortly.
Donations are now being accepted.
Last Year’s Honorary Chair
Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church
As an ordained minister she serves on the board of directors of many organizations as representative of The Wesleyan Church including the National Association of Evangelicals Executive Committee, Bread for the World, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Asbury Theological Seminary Board, Council on Faith of the World Economic Forum, and previously President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with continued graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She is the recipient of the 2016 World Methodist Peace Award and National Immigration Forum 2017 Keeper of the American Dream Award. She has written several articles and publications, including the book “The Ultimate Blessing” . She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary and most recently served as Interim President of Wesley Seminary. As the founder and previous CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she directed the faith-based relief and development organization into over 30 countries to alleviate suffering and injustice.
Dr. Lyon and her husband, Rev. Wayne Lyon, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Rotary Club of Fishers Charity Ball Mission
Bringing water to 130,000+ people in villages in western Africa.
About Water Is Life
This year the Fishers Rotary WaterIsLife Project celebrates our 10th anniversary – it’s been a decade of changing lives for the better. We have completed the construction of 130 wells over this time frame, and are very proud to report that ALL 130 wells are still in service in 130 communities across Sierra Leone. The size of these communities total to over 130,000 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 250,000 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.