CharityWater Hockey Pool

Not even three full weeks into my studies at Kingswood University in Sussex New Brunswick, I became aware of in my compassion class. Founder Scott Harrison, started CharityWater in the summer of 2006, after partnering with Mercy Ships which sends doctors to unreached parts of Africa. Scott soon realized as a previous night club promoter, he lived as a king compared to the people in the developing world. He discovered something on his journeys, that being the majority of diseases Africans suffer from are caused by drinking dirty water. So Scott decided to make it his goal to end the water crisis; no small feat. At this point in time, Scott was living on a friend’s couch in a New York apartment, drowning in debt, but he didn’t let that stop his goal of bringing clean water to the world. Scott’s story is one filled with stories upon stories, but don’t let me tell them for him, you can read and watch his story here.

Contrary to most charities or non-profit organizations in the world today, the money donated to CharityWater is 100% sent to help fund water projects. Now you may be asking, how does a charity survive considering Scott was in debt when he started it? Answer: The 100% Model.

When we started charity: water, we made a bold promise to the general public — 100% of their donations would go directly to the field to fund water projects. We’d find another way to cover our operating expenses. And we’d even reimburse credit card fees when donations were made online.

We depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies. These donors are some of our most dedicated: their investment fuels our long-term mission, our ability to scale as an organization and our mission to continue using 100% of public donations for water projects.

Immediately, I fell in love with this charity, and I thought to myself, how can I help? And when I say help I don’t just mean giving away all the change I can find in the cup holder of my car. No, I genuinely want to help and lavish even just a portion of my wealth on those less fortunate than me. I go to the gym on a daily basis while I’m here at school, and let me just throw some numbers at you for a second. I become thirsty while I work out, and so I likely will fill up my 750mL water bottle 2-3 times just prior to and during my workout. After I finish my workout, I am all sweaty and stinky, and so I go have a hot shower for about 2-3 minutes, during which I probably use 5-10 gallons of water. Then typically I go use the washroom and I flush the urinal that uses a gallon to wash down my urine. I also participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as I’m sure many of you did as well; in the video I posted, 25 gallons was dumped on my head. Lets talk in hockey terms shall we? It’s estimated that for an NHL rink, a zamboni will use over 100 gallons of water to resurface the ice.

Nick Kryshak drives the Zamboni at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Brandon Keim

Nick Kryshak drives the Zamboni at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Brandon Keim

In Africa (and in many other developing countries around the world) most families survive on 10 gallons of dirty water per day. So Dad, Mom and kids have to decide whether or not to drink the water, use it to wash the clothes, cook or bathe themselves in it. 10 gallons.

Let’s all throw out the notion that we are poor. Do you really need that 6th pair of Nike trainers? How many vehicles do you really need? Is it necessary to get a tattoo of the Ninja Turtles? Our North American culture is such an unsatisfied, wasteful excuse for living a happy life – I understand that depression is a big deal, but is also a prime example to show that money cannot buy happiness. The average annual salary for North Americans is $50,000. That number would place in the top 3% of the world; in other words, 97% of the world earns less each year. $8,000 per year per capita makes up approximately 94% of the world’s population. We live as absolutely spoiled rotten kids in North America and yet we complain about every possible thing, such as acne, not owning brand-name clothing, not having the newest gaming console or the snow here in Canada; whatever no matter how small, we complain like infants. We need to grow up as a human-race, and realize that other humans are dying simply because they don’t have clean water to drink, while us North Americans are enjoying the summer sun by having a water-balloon fight. Wake up. I am totally on board with Scott Harrison and his CharityWater, so I’ve decided to do something about it.

With being a hockey website, I thought to myself, could there be a way to incorporate fun friendly competition with giving to a good cause? How about a…HOCKEY POOL!

Here’s the skinny:

  • $10 minimum buy-in through Paypal
  • 50/50 to go to the winner after the regular season, and the other half sent to help fund a CharityWater project
  • simple 30 box pool (31 players, 18 Forwards, 5 Defence, 4 goalies, 2 Rookies, 2 Utility)
  • Goals being worth 2 points (forward and defense)
  • Assists being worth 1 point (forwards, defense and goalies)
  • Powerplay & Shorthanded Goals worth 0.50 points (forward and defense)
  • PowerPlay & Shorthanded Assists worth 0.25 points (forward and defense)
  • Hat-tricks worth 1 point (forward and defense)
  • Wins worth 2 points (goalie)
  • Shutouts worth 3 points (goalie)
  • Entry cut off date: October 8th, 12pm eastern time
  • Multiple entries are welcomed
  • You must submit your minimum donation fee before your entry

Simple enough, yes? Pay 10 bucks to enter a hockey pool that gives half of the funds to giving clean water to people in need. I challenge you to find a greater reason to spend that $10. This pool can be for everybody, not just us die-hard hockey fans. I fully encourage you to spread the word! Get this pool as big as it can be! I don’t want this to be about the views to our website, nor about the money given to the winner; and if that’s the reason you’re entering, perhaps it’s best you don’t enter at all. Reality check! This is about practically giving to the people dying because they have no clean water to drink.

I hope I’ve tugged sternly enough on your heart strings (without hurting them) in an effort to not to guilt trip you, but rather to make you aware of how blessed we are, and also how unfortunate others are in this world. My goal is to raise $2,500 ($5000 with 50/50, being 500 entries) to give to CharityWater. Perhaps I’m thinking rather high, but I truly believe there are people who genuinely are on board with Scott and I and want to give to this. I hope and pray that your hearts have received this call to give, and I would be honored if you would give out of your own pockets to join this pool.

If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded. – Matthew 10:42 (NLT)

For any questions you may have, feel free to contact us here at AATH, or myself at or on twitter @Di_Stefano45. Please e-mail me ASAP if you are interested in participating.


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One Response to CharityWater Hockey Pool

  1. Would like to put in three enties = $30.00.

    Wayne McCrae September 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply

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