James King talks Kilimanjaro trip

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- James King, a St. Anne's-Belfield and University of Virginia graduate and Marine veteran, now works with Chris Long and his Waterboys Foundation.

Here is a transcript of an interview with CBS19's Dan Schutte:

Dan: We're here with James King, who just finished a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the Waterboys organization.

James: Thanks for having me, thanks for all your support, spreading the word about Waterboys, getting the word out helped us raise almost $30,000 to support this water crisis in Africa.

It went really well, we've been able to raise about $90,000 so far, which will build two wells, the climb itself was a success, I was able to summit, which was great. We had a good time. The water work we did over there was special for me in particular.

Dan: I know you sent some pictures back, and here are some of the climb itself, but you also stopped at some villages where they need water. What did you find there?

James: The water crisis in Tanzania is acute, in particular, we visited a rural community outside of Arusha, some villages where we will have a well, a place called Sonya Station, and it's essentially the water sources are unsanitary, open sources, contaminated from farming, agricultural runoff, animal feces, too much fluoride is eating the teeth of families and their kids. It's quite acute.

James: The well we are building this year is going to find funding for a school here, it has no government funding, so the well we're going to fund here will help bring funding to the school.

James: Bringing water to a community, you're not only providing fresh water, you're providing educational opportunities for women and girls, you're providing an opportunity for women, who don't have to go get water every day, they can focus their time and efforts on providing something they can sell at market for the family, just do something and support their families.

You're keeping kids out of the hospital, you're literally saving lives by providing clean water. Also livestock, this well will provide water for ten thousand people, and over 40,000 livestock, so you're providing generational change for these people by providing clean water.

Dan: We're not talking about something two years from now, ten years from now, this is going to happen soon.

James: Correct, the wells that we dedicated by last year's Waterboys team, so our wells will be built this year, so next year's Waterboys team will dedicate our wells, which will be great to see.

Dan: That's great to see. You personally have raised almost $30,000 so far.

James: The initial fundraising goal for me was $7,500 and we knocked that out pretty quickly, so we wanted to keep going and keep going and see where we could get to. Our overall goal as a team this year of 14 is $150,000. We are well on our way with about $100,000. The Charlottesville area, Crozet community and people across the country donated to almost raise $30,000, and it's been great.

Dan: If you want to donate, where do you go do that?

James: Check out Waterboys.org



 
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