Deerfield Beach – August 11, 2011 – Lighthouse Point 10 year old gives up birthday presents to raise money for people without clean safe drinking water.

Inspired by the Rachel Beckwith story, Delaney Hill, daughter of Lighthouse Point residents Kim Bergmark Hill and Andrew Hill, has decided that instead of presents she also wants to raise money for people lacking access to safe clean drinking water. Delaney learned about Rachel through her mother who was touched by the article she was reading late July.

Rachel Beckwith was just 9 years old when she died in July; however her thirst for bringing clean drinking water to people will live on. Rachel was taken off life support on Saturday July 23 after she sustained fatal injuries in a 14-vehicle pile up near her home in Bellevue, Washington three days earlier, CNN reported.

For her birthday in June she had asked her friends and relatives to donate money instead of giving her presents. Rachel was only $80 short of her modest goal of raising $300 when she died. To learn more about her story go to _n_916501.html

To honor her memory Wishing Well International Foundation has started a campaign to raise $ 30,000 and will donate 100% of the money to projects to be coordinated with Charity: Water, the non-profit Rachel had chosen for her fundraising efforts.

Delaney joined the campaign and became a fundraiser to honor Rachel’s memory as soon as she learned what Rachel had tried to do. Delaney’s birthday is August 25 and her campaign will run until the end of the month. In her page Delaney says “It would be nice if everyone could be like Rachel Beckwith. I think her idea was so nice and so for my birthday I have decided to do the same. So, instead of presents, I want to raise money for poor people who die because they have bad water. Please help me raise money so Rachel’s memory lives on and we can help save so many people. Thank you.”

“What Delaney is doing is just amazing. She has realized there are a lot of people who suffer and have to do with a lot less every day that goes by and wants to do something about it. Her act of generosity at such young age is admirable” says Guillermo Guzman, the founder of Wishing Well International Foundation. Issa Al-Kharusy, a respected water industry professional also involved with the foundation said on Delaney’s page: “Delaney, we are proud of your humanity and generosity at such a young age. If we can clone more of you, the world will be a much better place”

The Foundation recently held the 1st Annual Chili Cook Off and Tennis Round Robin in Lighthouse Point. The event raised over $15,000.

To learn more about the Foundation and its activities go to A link to Rachel’s fundraising page is on the home page. To donate and join Rachel’s dream go directly to Through Rachel’s fundraising page you can donate or Become a fundraiser. All donations are tax deductible.

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  • The Millennium Development Goal on child survival (MDG 4) will remain beyond our reach until diarrheal disease, poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water issues are addressed.
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