Can one cup of coffee help eradicate polio and help provide clean water to impoverished countries?
How about one bag?
The Marshalltown Rotary Club is hoping to achieve these goals one bag of coffee at a time. The club is selling Green Mountain Coffee for $10 a bag at Hellberg's Jewelers on Main Street.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Conrad Dejardin places bags of coffee for sale at Hellberg’s Jewelers. Money raised will go to help eradicate polio and provide clean water in impoverished countries, as part of a Rotary effort.
With each bag sold, $3 will go to Rotary's worldwide effort of polio eradication and $1 will go to a program known as the 5 for Water project, which provides clean water to those in need.
"I have always been impressed with the good things Rotary has done around the world," said Conrad Dejardin, a local member of the club and leader of the coffee sales. "It is one of the reasons I am a member and have been for the last 32 years. It seems to me this is a very worthwhile project."
The water project is looking to provide clean water to try to cut down the astonishing number of 1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to clean water, Dejardin said. The clean water project money goes to places such as Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, India and Guatemala.
Dejardin has already raised hundreds of dollars from local Rotary members, and now he has opened the sales up to the public to try to raise even more money for the effort.
"We are joining 350 clubs from 43 states that have taken part in the project," Dejardin said.