Middle and Junior School students

'I decided to raise $15,000 to build a well in South Sudan. There were smaller challenges but I wanted to make a big impact for the lives of so many, not just a small one.'

Charlotte realised how incredibly fortunate she was to live in Australia after reading the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. She wondered how she could help the young children of South Sudan, who walk many hours each day to collect dirty water – often carrying bacteria and diseases – for their families to drink.

With the help of her friends and family, including sisters Caitlin and Olivia, Charlotte committed to the huge goal of raising $15,000 to build a well that would provide 2000 people with clean water. 

She spent her weekends hosting movie afternoons and selling icy poles at school and on the banks of the Yarra River. Determined to inspire larger donations, she also created a video campaign and wrote to Melbourne businesses asking for their support. 

Charlotte reached her goal of $15,000 in November 2019, and the well will be drilled in 2020. Clean water from this well will help crops grow and prevent disease, while allowing young children in South Sudan to receive an education rather than having to walk for hours each day to collect water.