Students’ H207 benefit concert to aid rural Ethiopia

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 10, 2007

The H207 benefit concert featuring a musical lineup of Eleven Fingered Charlie, Shotgun Hustler, Bernie Calcote and The Egress will be held Sunday, April 15, at Gordo’s on the Square. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and concertgoers will be eligible for dozens of door prizes from San Marcos restaurants and other retailers.

The H207 concert is sponsored by students in the public relations campaigns class at Texas Sate University-San Marcos. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the purchase of a water pump that will bring safe drinking water to those who most need it in rural Ethiopia. The team of students is working along with the support of A Glimmer of Hope (AGOH) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, which currently invests millions to help the most disadvantaged people in Ethiopia.

A Glimmer of Hope Foundation has funded thousands of projects throughout the country, making an impact on nearly two million people. In addition to its contributions in Ethiopia, the foundation also provides aid to youth in Austin and the United Kingdom.

Charles Kaufman, mass communication lecturer at Texas State, brought the idea of such a project to the class. Kaufman knows the director of the foundation and he proposed the project to expose students to a real-world experience where students could apply the skills they have learned in their collegiate years.

“The students have embraced the cause well and simultaneously learned the complexities of managing a campaign,” Kaufman said.

More than 80 percent of all diseases in Ethiopia are attributed to poor access to clean water and sanitation. Water wells are crucial to the development of the country, according to the AGOH website.

“I am very thankful to see a team of Texas State students having an open mind to learn about the scarcity of water in Ethiopian villages and extend a helping hand,” said Mariamawit Kebede, a student from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “It is one thing to feel sorry for people in this kind of situation but to be involved in the hope of bringing change is very noble and humanitarian.  I hope other students from Texas State will open up to this idea and support the cause either by attending the concert or donating money.”

Senior Meagan Hildreth of Houston said Texas State students know great music and fun times.

“Being able to have a good time and have an impact some place in the world is truly something to celebrate,” Hildreth said. “We’ve received great support from the San Marcos business community, which also speaks volumes for this cause.”

For more information, contact Martin Costas Chillemi at (210) 364-5271 or via email at