Last month, Katie Spotz, a world-record holder for the youngest solo ocean rower, visited Mzomtsha School near East London, South Africa. Mzomtsha School is one of more than 70 schools supported by H2O for Life, an organization that provides a service-learning opportunity for schools, youth groups, and faith-based organizations to raise awareness about the water crisis while taking action to provide funds for water, sanitation and hygiene education for a partner school in a developing country. In partnership with H2O for Life, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is working to improve access to sustainable safe water and sanitation in schools across South Africa through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). RAIN will improve sustainable safe water access to 6 million Africans by the end of 2020.
Katie is an elite athlete whose long list of accomplishments includes an Ironman triathlon, an ultramarathon in Australia, cycling across the country, a 325-mile river swim, running across deserts, cycling in the Tour of New Zealand, and a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. As an adventurous athlete, she decided to not just keep making history by setting world records, but by raising money and awareness for safe drinking water projects around the world. Through her efforts, Katie became an ambassador for H2O for Life. In 2015, she spread the word of the water crisis to 61,370 students in the United States, encouraging them to take action themselves.
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