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I have often said that the people I have met over the years in this industry are by and large the best and brightest I have come across in any profession. As a lifelong journalist I have had an opportunity to be around accomplished people in a number of different vocations and while 

there are good people everywhere I am convinced that our business is blessed to have more than our fair share of them. I was reminded of that again last night when I got a letter from Gregg McNair, the International Director of Strata PPX Services, asking for help in publicizing a project with the potential to save thousands of lives.

Gregg has been a fervent backer of The Water School, a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating waterborne diseases in Africa and other parts of the world. A United Nations report estimates that there are roughly two million child deaths every year as a result of people not having access to clean water. Almost 40% of total child deaths from water related problems occur on the African continent. 

In April McNair led a group of domain industry 

Gregg McNair
Strata PPX Services

people to Uganda to show them the problem (and the solution) first hand. He is now organizing another trip for September when he will take another group to Kenya. Gregg plans to mail out the details to friends and acquaintences in the industry this weekend, but in case you are not on his mailing list, here is a copy of the information he is sending out: 

Dear Friend,

As many of you know my partners and I have for some time been passionate supporters of the Canada based charity, TheWaterSchool.org (please have a good look at this site!) introduced to us by long time supporter Richard Lau.

In April this year I took a small group of industry people to Uganda where we were exposed first hand to the real needs of the tribal people, particularly with respect to waterborne diseases. It was a moving and challenging experience for us all and we each came away determined to do something about it within our own means and collectively. Moreover the work of TWS in providing a simple, sustainable solution was demonstrated and observed among the villages and schools we visited.

We undertook to provide a further opportunity 

for industry folks to be exposed through TWS to the needs and solutions, by arranging another visit in September 2009, this time to Kenya.

It is only 6 days out of your life and I ask you to consider seriously coming with usÖif the people donít win you over the wildlife certainly will! (no trip to Kenya would be complete without a Serengeti safari experience!). Cost excluding return airfares to Nairobi is US$2,000 including all
accommodations and meals in Nairobi and on safari.

For those who cannot make it for whatever reason can I ask you to encourage and/or assist others to be there. We are thrilled to know that Sedo have already discussed support and having a representative there.

We all enjoy an incredible industry and despite so called tough times we have it so easy compared to many we will see and meet in Kenya. The dates September 23-29 have been fixed and planning has begun. The proposed trip schedule is attached.* It will be refined as we get a handle on how many will attend.

The following people are either committed or are seriously working on attending: Yoni Belousov, Merlin Kauffman, Ammar Kubba, Greg Dumas, Kelly Keesee, Richard Lau, Hakan Ali, Daniel Negari, Rick Latona, Simon Mills, Daniel Law, Susan Prosser, Sam Dennis, Alphan Culha and many others.

We are grateful for the interest being shown by many industry corporates and we would love to see at least one person from the major players on board. You never know, a fruitful business deal or relationship could actually be a byproduct of your involvement!

At StrataPPX, as many of you know, our primary motivation is to try and make a difference in this world, and to see this work expanded is a major objective to which we and others have made a significant ongoing commitment. There is absolutely no obligation to donate implied in this invitation to attend. We are convinced that going forward your awareness alone will ensure that more kids are saved from totally preventable death from water borne disease.

I am hoping that you can get behind this initiative and pass it on to others whom I may have missed.

Warm regards

* A copy of the detailed trip schedule Gregg referred to in his letter is here. This page also has more information on the Water School's unique and effective Solar Water Disinfection Program.

Editor's Update (8/24/09): One change on the trip schedule linked to in the paragraph above. The hotel in Nairobi has been changed from the Fairview to the Nairobi Safari Club (www.nairobisafariclub.com).

If you do not receive this letter from Gregg in your email and would be interested in joining the group going to Kenya, you are invited to drop Gregg an email at ggg@stratappx.com.

(Posted July 10, 2009) 

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