Dominos’ Pack Expo affiliation with CannedWater4Kids results in helping a community in Zambia
By Canadian Packaging staffFood Safety General Sustainability Coding & Labeling Can Manufacturers Institute CannedWater4Kids CW4K Domino North America INX International Ink Co. Pack Expo 2016 World Health Organization
Domino helps kids with global sustainable drinking water initiative.
Domino North America has long been proactive in supporting various charities in our communities to help enrich the lives of others. Charity is a fundamental part of the Global Corporate fabric within Domino. The recent work with CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) is such an example of how Domino chooses to partner with key organizations that are making a difference in our global communities.
A proud member of the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Domino attended their 2016 Annual Meeting in Florida and was exposed to many senior managers of the can-makers and allied suppliers alike. During these meetings, Domino sector development manager David Deagle was fortunate to meet CW4K president Greg Stromberg, who is also the sales director of national accounts, metal can decoration at INX International Ink Co.
Says Deagle, “As soon as I met Greg and heard his story about how he uses his knowledge and resources within the metal can packaging industry, I knew that we (Domino) would be interested in helping CW4K just as other Can Industry companies have done to support getting clean water in aluminum cans to those in need around the world.”
CannedWater4Kids is a non-profit charity committed to delivering clean, safe, sustainable drinking water projects around the world. What most people take for granted, sustainable drinking water is a valued commodity in many communities across the globe.
As per CW4K: “Not only is it essential for successful agriculture, food and energy production, it is a children’s issue because water is vital for healthy development and survival.”
According to the World Health Organization, a child dies every eight seconds from drinking dirty water. It is estimated that 5,000 children die every day as a result of drinking unsafe water. And, every 21 seconds a child perishes from waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and dysentery.
And while the canning industry is a key focus for Domino, what resonated most is not the business perspective, but rather the human element and the fact that a small donation could positively impact so many, particularly children.
After the initial discussions, Domino chose to expose the CW4K charity at the Pack Expo 2016 held in November of 2016 in Chicago. For every can of water provided by the charity for the show, coded by Domino’s innovative laser technology and distributed, a donation would be made to the charity on behalf of Domino.
After the show the results were reviewed and Domino was pleased to provide a check to Greg Stromberg in the amount of $1,000 towards CannedWater4Kids.
Stromberg comments: “The timing of the donation could not have been better as we had just found out that morning that a water pump in one of our sponsored communities in Zambia had just broke and would cost $1000 to repair. The donation from Domino is extremely appreciated not only by the charity, but the hundreds in the community who can be assured safe drinking water for a healthy, sustainable livelihood.”
Domino is not only grateful to the CMI membership for providing the forum to network with such impactful people as Greg and his charity, but to the CannedWater4Kids charity for reminding the Domino family that the smallest gestures can have the greatest impact. Domino North America looks forward to future work with CW4K, and invites anyone looking for a reputable and meaningful charity, to do the same.
CannedWater4Kids, (CW4K) is a 501c3 non-profit charity whose mission is to bring sustainable clean, safe drinking water and drinking water programs to children worldwide who are currently without. CW4K funds it’s initiatives with donations and sales of their drinking water in infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles and cans. 95% of all money collected by CW4K goes to fund and deliver sustainable clean drinking water programs. Over the years CW4K has helped the Red Cross and others in providing disaster relief to Japan, Haiti and New Jersey. They help fund the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala and supporting well, water and Bio Sand Filter projects in Zambia and Tanzania, Africa. Recent water projects include providing an African village of over 400,000 people first-time sustainable access to clean, safe drinking water and disaster relief water that was sent to the residents of Flint, Michigan. CW4K is proud to be part of the Partnership for a Healthier America, Drink UP Initiative. Youarewhatyoudrink.org.
For further information on CW4K, visit www.cannedwater4kids.org.