KJ Wright Raising Money To Provide Clean Water To Children In Kenya
Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 05:19 PMK.J. Wright Raising Money To Provide Clean Water To Children In Kenya John Boyle
What started as a vacation for K.J. Wright became an eye-opening experience for the Seahawks linebacker.
Wright, along with former teammates Byron Maxwell, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan, went on a trip this offseason to Kenya, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates looking to experience different cultures, go on a safari and have a good time. But while in Kenya, Wright also realized there was an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of some of the children he met in Kenya.
âI went there this offseason and had an amazing time,â Wright said. âI loved it. When I was there, I noticed this young girl had dirty brown water. So, I just wanted to help this community. The young ladies have to walk many miles twice a day just to bring back water, and when they do get the water, itâs not even clean. Millions of people suffer from (a lack) of easy access to (water), and I just want to bless this community that blessed me.â
To try to help make a difference in Kenya, and in p articular for the children of a school they visited in Maasai Mara, Wright is donating $300 for every tackle he records this season, with the money going to construction of what he hopes will be two fresh water wells for the village. Wright originally planned to donate $250 per tackle, but because a knee injury kept him out of six games, he upped the total to make sure the campaign can reach its goal. Wright hopes he and fans willing to participate can raise $50,000 to cover the cost of two wells.
As of Thursday, more than $8,000 had been raised already, $1,500 of it from Wrightâs five tackles against the Lions and the rest coming from donations. Anyone wishing to add to that total can do so by donating at Wrightâs Healing Hands International page.
âI want to make this a community effort, I want everyone to feel a part of it, I want everybody to feel involved because I think itâs a really good thing to just help people in need, so thatâs something Iâm doing,â said Wright, who plans to return to Kenya next offseason.
As Wright put it, the goal of his trip to Africa was originally âjust to have a good time. I wanted to experience it, I wanted to take a safari, I wanted to go to the ocean.â
And Wright did go on a safari and he did have a good time, but while visiting those kids in Kenya, something sparked, as he put it.
âIt just touched my heart,â Wright said. âMe and the guys talked about it when were out there, we were like, âMan, I got to do something for this community.ââ
While at a dinner with locals, Wright was given a Swahili name that translates to âthe one that gives hope.â
âI really took that to heart, the one that gives hope,â Wright said. âI kind of feel like thatâs been my purpose my entire life to help people, help people reach their full potential and just to give back, because life is bigger than us, itâs bigger than K.J. When I can leave this world a better place, Iâve done my job, so weâve got to make that happen.âSeahawks vs Chargers Through the Years
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