Shower Strike is a great opportunity for you to make a big difference in a short time! By raising awareness of global water issues and raising funds for clean water projects, you will transform the lives of many in our East African partner communities.
In communities where clean water is not a reality, a shower is often a luxury.
That’s why, for the past 13 years, thousands of advocates have joined us to Skip Showers for one week -- reducing their water usage, getting dirty for the cause, and putting themselves in the shoes of those who lack this vital resource. Plus, in a world where many of us spend more time at home than ever before, we’re willing to bet you may be taking fewer showers than you would in normal times. So, why not skip showers for a good cause?
Once Shower Strike kicks off (April 22-28), you’ll commit to skipping showers for a week, or until you reach your fundraising goal -- whichever comes first! Don't worry, we have some tips for how to stay clean while showering (enter bucket baths, swimming, dry shampoo...).
Individuals in East Africa without access to reliable clean water walk an average of 3.6 miles to fetch water (sometimes daily). They usually use jerrycans, which can weigh up to 40 pounds when full. Most of the time, this water is dirty and comes from unsafe sources, such as rivers or streams.
So, put yourself in the shoes of those you are fundraising for & “Walk for Water” daily during Shower Strike (April 22-28). Simply grab a bucket of water, a gallon, a jerrycan, or a water bottle -- and head outside each day. You can walk around the block, walk to the nearest body of water, or even go for the full 3 miles. Whatever you choose, this fundraising option helps you catch a glimpse of what it is like to have to “Walk for Water” daily.
Can’t skip showers, or walk for water, but still want to make an impact through clean water?
You can always choose “Just Fundraise” to join us in raising awareness and funds. You can get creative and make up your own fundraising activities (such as a run, bake sale, or skills-based activity), or keep it simple with no activities! Simply set up your page, edit your message to share what you’ll be doing, and get to work inviting your network to contribute! We're happy to help you brainstorm along the way.
We recommend $1,000, but you can set any level you like. Most people are surprised by how much they can raise, so we always suggest you aim high!
Add a photo & tell people why you’re joining the Strike. This helps make the fundraiser unique to you and shows your network why they should support your efforts.
Shower Strike officially kicks off on Earth Day, April 22nd, but we won’t mind if you get a head start! Once the week kicks off, the idea is to skip showers (or walk for water) until you reach your fundraising goal.
You may reach it before Shower Strike kicks off on April 22nd, or you may make it all the way to Day 7 on April 28th! Either way, once you reach your goal, take a shower, jump in a pool, take a self-care day and celebrate your hard work. Don't worry -- we have prizes and some special things planned to help you recognize the good you affected in the world.
Cody, Striker Since 2012:
“It's not that often that you can do something that's so easy and does so much good. I love not having to shower! And thinking about how the money we raise will help so many people in need of clean water. My advice on a workaround to current Strikers… Swimming doesn't count!”
Maddie, Striker Since 2017:
“I started volunteering at Well Aware in 2016 and have fallen in love with Well Aware's mission and the people behind the cause and their passion for the water initiative. I joined Shower Strike to do my part in providing clean water to those in need. I raised $1,110 in 3 days! It was amazing. I loved seeing how generous people can be. I used social media to educate my followers on the cause. Without even asking for their donation, my friends, families and even strangers felt compelled to participate in the fundraising. Tips for new Shower Strikers: show your passion for the cause and people will respond.”