Boca Raton, Florida – February 17, 2012. In appreciation for the school’s fundraising efforts to support the Foundation, Guillermo Guzman presented Janet Tumminello, Dean of Students, with a plaque. The plaque read: “St. Paul Lutheran School. In appreciation of your leadership in supporting Wishing Well International Foundation. You have helped save lives”
Inspired by the Rachel Beckwith story, the 9 year old girl who decided to give up birthday presents to raise money to provide people with clean water and who tragically died in a car accident last July, Delaney Hill of Lighthouse Point decided she wanted to do the same thing in Rachel’s memory and through WWIF in July of 2011. Her birthday is August 25th. Delaney and her sister Soaphie learned about Wishing Well through their mother Kim Hill who had been involved with the Foundation since it started in 2010. Delaney’s goal, like Rachel, was $300 and it didn’t take long before her teacher Debra Bishop learned about her efforts. Ms. Bishop shared the story with school staff and the Dean decided the school should join in. Ms. Tumminello declared the next dress down day Dress Down Day for Water. During dress down day students who want to participate bring a small donation for the right to wear their choice of clothes in lieu of wearing the school’s uniform. Hundreds of students joined in and together with Delaney they raised enough money to provide enough Hydraid systems to directly impact nearly 200 people.
“This is a perfect example on how dreams come true. It starts with with a seed, planted by Rachel and Delaney, and it ends with lives being saved. Its wonderful to see our youth involved in making a difference” said Guillermo Guzman, WWIF’s founder.
Wishing Well International Foundation is a non-profit organization providing clean safe drinking water to developing areas.