Haiti donation challenge is on between two Lowcountry events

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The 30th Annual Charleston Boat Show has issued a fund‐raising challenge to the 27th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival to see which event can raise the most money for the people of Haiti. All proceeds will go directly to Water Missions International to provide clean drinking water.

The Charleston Boat Show, being held at the North Charleston Convention Center through Sunday at 5 p.m. and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday, January 31st have taken up the challenge. Both events are open to the general public.

Details on the fundraising challenge are as follows, as found on The Charleston Boat Show's Web Site:

“The Charleston Boat Show and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival are two of the area’s most popular, well attended events. What better way to raise awareness and make a difference than to come together as a community with a challenge to raise money for the crisis in Haiti,” says Boat Show producer, Jacqui Bomar.


"We are thrilled to have the Lowcountry Oyster Festival be a part of this fund‐raising initiative and are willing to do whatever we can to support Water Missions International in their effort to bring clean water to the people of Haiti,” continues Kathy Britzius, executive director of the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association.

Water Missions International is a Charleston‐based, nonprofit organization making headlines with their Haiti relief efforts. Thirty‐two water treatment systems arrived in Haiti last week and Water Missions International has committed a total of 100 systems. Each system provides clean water for up to 5,000 people per day.

“Haiti needed clean water before the earthquake and the need is even greater now. Water Missions International has a team on the ground in Haiti working tirelessly to help the victims. We are thankful for all
of the support from the Lowcountry and look forward to being a part of the Boat Show and the Oyster Festival,” explains Molly Greene, founder of Water Missions International. “We will have a water purification system on display at both events for people to see how our systems work and to learn more
about our mission.”

To become even more involved, be sure you follow the challenge on Twitter.