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For Immediate Release Contact: Shawn Wood
April 21, 2009 (c) 843.478.3716


CHARLESTON, S.C. – A group of U.S. based bloggers are asking their readers to go on a five day “beverage fast” in May by drinking only water and donating the savings to Water Mission International, an organization serving the water and sanitation needs of people in developing countries and disaster areas.

“5 Days in May has the potential to provide millions with clean water for life,” said Shawn Wood, founder of the 5 Days in May campaign. “But the picture I cannot get out my mind is that one 3 year old little girl who will not be drinking out of a ditch on May 6th” Wood continued.

“The average American drinks 420 ounces of canned soft drinks a week, my average friend buys a specialty coffee drink 3 times a week and I drink at least one fountain drink every day,” said Wood. “Crunch the numbers and the cost adds up pretty quick.”

On average, 30 cans of soda equal $15.00, 3 trips to a commercial coffee shop equal $10.00 and five fountain drinks equal $8.75, totaling $43.75 spent on beverages by the average American in only one week.

According to Water Mission International, that same dollar amount of $43.75 could give 5 people clean drinking water for the rest of their lives.

Water is critical to life, health, and sustainable development. Yet, worldwide, more than a billion people do not have access to this basic resource. More than two billion do not have adequate sanitation. Every day, an estimated 25,000 people die from a lack of safe water and sanitation.

Wood, a blogger, speaker and author, hopes to leverage his online community to launch this campaign for clean water and is encouraging his social network to join the cause.

“Many groups are out there asking for donations. 5 Days in May is different because we are asking Americans save money on beverages for five days and ‘drink water to give water’ to people who really need it.”

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