Sedona AZ (September 25, 2020) – Rotary clubs of Sedona, Sedona Village, Flagstaff, and Verde Valley announced the Sept. 12 online auction fundraiser to bring clean running water to homes on the Navajo Nation was a big success. Proceeds from the auction and donations from generous members of the communities will fully fund water systems installations for nearly six homes in Dilkon, Ariz.
David Simmer who led the effort was thrilled with the outpouring of support for the fundraiser. He explained “Rotarians from the four clubs purchased gift certificates from local businesses to support them at this difficult time. Club members poured over $10,000 into the local economy. Part of our purpose was to use this as a way to return the favor for the support that they have given us in the past.”
The clubs then offered the gift certificates in an auction they conducted online. Simmer was also appreciative of generous bidders, many of whom bid more than the value of the gift certificates, as well as cash donors to the cause. “Their participation made the auction a huge success for Navajo families who will receive hot and cold running water in their homes, many of whom for the first time.”
The Rotary Club of Sedona is serving as the host club for the second phase of water system installations in Dilkon, which is located on the Navajo Nation about 40 miles northeast of Winslow. Most of the families live without running water and survive only by retrieving it in buckets, drums and small tanks from sources as much as 30 miles away.
Arizona Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation have partnered with the non-profit organization DigDeep since 2016 to assist in a massive, multi-year project to bring running water to remote Navajo Nation homes. Rotary provides funding and DigDeep coordinates the installations at an average cost of $4,500 per home. The partnership has funded over 150 water systems on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. “Our primary goal is to bring clean running hot and cold water to the homes of Navajo families. If the Navajo family doesn’t have electricity, which many in the area do not, we install solar panels to run the pump and heat water. In many situations the solar panels also provide the first electricity that the Navajo family has ever had,” said Simmer. “Rotary’s goal is to raise awareness and as much funding as we can, so we can install systems in as many homes as possible.”
If you would like to support the Rotary Club of Sedona’s Navajo Water Project visit www.sedonarotary.com.
The Rotary Club of Sedona is an affiliate of Rotary International, a service organization that works to promote world health and eradication of polio, to support the education of young people and to make the community a better place through a variety of local service activities. The Club meets at noon on Zoom the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For more information visit: www.sedonarotary.org.