Paul Brandt fans 'Turn on the Tap' to safe water for 22,000 in the developing world

    Donations during Canadian country singer's national tour go toward
    BioSand Water Filters

    CALGARY, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - In response to an invitation from Paul Brandt,
the award-winning country singer's fans have donated enough money to provide
safe drinking water to 20,000 people in the developing world. Brandt's fans
have supported Samaritan's Purse Canada's "Turn on the Tap" initiative that is
raising $6.5 million over three years to build and install BioSand Water
    Through Brandt's web site, and at each concert venue in 19 cities during
his month-long national tour, he invited fans to make donations to Turn on the
Tap ( He also invited donors to meet him backstage after
the concert so he could personally thank them for their help in providing
life-saving and low-cost drinking water to the needy in Africa, Asia and Latin
    More than 1,000 fans responded. Their $220,000 of combined donations
during the Nov. 4-to-Dec. 2 tour will enable Samaritan's Purse to build and
install 2,200 of the Canadian-designed filters. Each filter serves about
10 people - meaning the 2,200 filters will benefit approximately 22,000
    "It's been a pleasure to see my fans respond to this need," Brandt says.
"More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking
water. The diseases caused by drinking polluted water are killing someone
every 20 seconds. BioSand Water Filters from Samaritan's Purse can transform
polluted water into drinkable water in seconds. I've seen them working in
    The $100 cost of each BioSand Water Filter from Samaritan's Purse
includes hygiene and sanitation training and equipment. Filter recipients help
in the construction and installation. By helping improve their overall health,
the filters enable entire families to enhance their performance at school and
at work to escape the vicious cycle of poverty that hampers their communities'
and their nations' economic and social development.
    "Samaritan's Purse Canada wishes to thank Paul for his extraordinary
service and generosity to our organization and the people we serve around the
world," said Fred Weiss, Executive Director. "Paul has played a major role for
several years now in promoting our annual Operation Christmas Child program,
and we are very grateful to also have his help in telling Canadians about Turn
on the Tap."

    For more information

    You will find more information about Paul Brandt at,
about Turn on the Tap at, and about Samaritan's Purse at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Dick Nichols, Communications
Manager, Samaritan's Purse Canada, Toll free: 1-800-663-6500, Cell: (403)

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