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Student fundraiser to help children in Africa

RELEASED: Oct. 12, 2011

Invisible Children

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire's second annual White Out on Water Street fundraiser will take place all day Oct. 21-22 in conjunction with restaurants and other businesses that are located along Water Street.

Invisible Children, a student-run organization, is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and citizens less fortunate in Africa.

"The money the Invisible Children organization is raising will help end a war that has been brutally ravaging four different countries in central Africa for 26 years," April D'Water, Invisible Children co-president said. "We're raising money to help Invisible Children build the Congo's first rehabilitation center for child soldiers, and build radio towers so remote villages can warn and protect each other from rebel violence."

White Out on Water Street is an awareness and fundraising event to help kick off the organization's efforts, D'Water said. Students will sell Invisible Children wristbands for $5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18-19 in Davies Center.

Students also will sell the bracelets throughout the day Oct. 21 in Davies Center and in the commons area of Towers Hall on campus, and on Water Street.

With the purchase of a $5 wristband, students will receive a coupon booklet full of deals to businesses and restaurants along Water Street. The coupons will be good for Oct. 21-22.

The organization hopes to promote businesses on Water Street by offering a coupon card with the wristband, said Brynna Marnocha, Invisible Children co-president.

"The more businesses we have on the card, the better," said Marnocha. "The weekend of the event also is Parents Weekend for freshmen at the university so it will be an incentive for people to buy the wristbands so they receive the coupon card and can explore a little bit of Eau Claire on Water Street together with their child."

The week prior to Oct. 21, Invisible Children will advertise the event and decorate residence halls, the Campus Mall and Water Street.

Students are encouraged to wear white Oct. 21-22.

"With students' help, we can make this an event everyone will be excited to participate in," said Marnocha. "Last year was a huge success. We raised over $900, so we're looking to exceed this number and not only raise more money, but also awareness of the war going on in central Africa."

For more information about White Out on Water Street, contact Brynna Marnocha at 920-362-2999 or marnocbn@uwec.edu, or April D'Water at 907-299-4325 or dwaterae@uwec.edu.

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