In addition to shopping at stores such as Gucci and Hermès, and dining at Le District, Brookfield Place wants visitors to learn about Charity: Water, whose mission is to bring clean water to the 663 million people around the world who lack access to the life spring.
In celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary, Charity: Water will take over the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place from Aug. 9 through Aug. 28. With views of the North Cove Yacht Harbour outside the Winter Garden’s windows, the group hopes to raise awareness of clean water, which most visitors take for granted.
Charity: Water, which is active in countries such as Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Honduras, operates on a model where 100 percent of the money it raises is funneled to the field. The group says private donors, foundations and sponsors pay for everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies.
The activation at Brookfield Place will include virtual reality screening pods that will play Charity: Water’s film, “The Source.” An exhibition will tell the story of a 13-year-old Ethiopian girl whose village gets clean water for the first time.
Visitors will also be able to participate in a “water walk” on the upper plaza of Brookfield Place where they’ll be challenged to walk with 40-pound jugs of water to get a taste of the hours-long process of collecting water in countries where it isn’t readily available.
A Charity: Water donor has pledged to give $30 for every person who views the film or participates in the water walk, the price of giving clean water to one person, with the goal of bringing clean water to 10,000 people in need.