February 10, 2010 / News

Seniors at Memphis school planning bike ride to help Haiti

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Last month’s tragic earthquake in Haiti will no doubt be a memorable news event that many yearbook staffs will localize and cover in one form or another in this year’s book. One Walsworth school in Memphis will really get an outstanding chance to do that, thanks to the wonderful story and ambitious philanthropy of a couple seniors.

Cort Gatliff and Christian Kauffman from the Memphis University School have started a program called The Water Cycle, in order to raise money to build 10 wells to provide fresh water for people in Haiti. To help raise the money, Gatliff and Kauffman are planning on biking 2,700 miles across the country during March.

The guys have gotten their act together and gotten extremely organized. They have their route from Santa Monica, Calif., to Savannah, Ga., all planned out. The goal is raising $50,000.

So a big Yearbook Blog shout-out and good luck to Cort and Christian on their ride next month. The Water Cycle project is also a Group on Facebook, where you can join as a show of support and learn more. Be sure to check them out.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.