Donation by Peterborough-based company Joseph Flach and Son helps Stamford's George Hetherington reach target to build well in Osupukiai, Kenya
A dream has come true for a Stamford man who has gone the extra mile to do something special for others.
A community in Osupukiai, Kenya will now have a supply of clean water thanks to George Hetherington’s epic fundraising challenges.
In March last year, George committed to raising £20,000 to build a well for members of a Maasai community in Kenya. In the past year, he has braved the shave and, with wife Jan, walked the distance from England to Kenya in their garden.
A recent £5,000 donation by the Peterborough-based company Joseph Flach and Son also made a huge stride towards the final goal.
“It is absolutely brilliant,” said George, who has worked on the well project with the charity Power For People.
“I hadn’t thought it would happen this quickly, but it was made possible by a magic donation from someone who read about it.”
The well has already been drilled and a solar powered pump is now set to be installed.
The kiosk, from which the water will be distributed, is under construction and will become a meeting point for those who collect the water, as well as saving them from having to walk up to 15km.
George said: “It’s not a handout but a handshake - that’s the way Power For People works.”
Keen to further improve quality of life for the Maasai community, George is already looking at what more can be done.
Plans are being drawn up for a 20m trough to be dug in the ground for animals to drink from. He also aims to help the women with healthcare, provide goats, and support the local school.
To help raise these funds, George has launched a competition to win an aerial photo. Entry is £5 and all those who answer two questions correctly will be go into a
Visit Power For People’s Virgin Money Giving page at: www.tinyurl.com/AerialPic to enter.
George’s page also remains open for donations at: www.gofundme.com/f/t8nys-walking-for-water