World Vision at NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Chevrolet to showcase World Vision, promote clean water in Zambia

In partnership with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr.’s car for upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Bristol, Tennessee, and Atlanta will be fully wrapped in World Vision colors to raise awareness and funds for clean water in Zambia. NASCAR fans may donate $10 by texting “WATER” to 777444.

By Christine Connolly Bell, World Vision U.S.
Updated August 19, 2014 at 08:45am PDT

This month, NASCAR fans will have the opportunity to change lives in a village across the globe.

World Vision — the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world — is asking fans to donate $10 to provide clean water for four years to a child in the African country of Zambia.

As fans give, World Vision will be closer to its fundraising goal of $15,000, which will provide clean water to everyone in a Zambian village.

‘An amazing way to change a child’s life’

Racing to change lives, Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet SS will be fully wrapped in World Vision colors at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on August 23 and Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, including a special “text to give clean water” message. Fans may donate $10 by texting “WATER” to 777444.

“As a driver, staying hydrated is a top priority, but I’m blessed to never have to think about finding clean water,” said Truex. “Giving just $10 to provide clean water is an amazing way to change a child’s life.”

World Vision already delivers clean water to one new person every 30 seconds, but the global need for clean water sadly remains for hundreds of millions of people. Diseases caused by drinking dirty water kill more than 1,600 children under 5 a day — as many as malaria and AIDS combined.

A partnership for good

World Vision already has provided clean water to more than 2.3 million people since 2011, an integral part of the organization’s holistic approach to community development and poverty reduction.

“Furniture Row Racing is partnering with World Vision because they’ve seen firsthand the work that we do around the globe and in the United States,” says Morris Franklin, director of sports & entertainment partnerships at World Vision U.S. “We’re so fortunate to have their long-term support as we tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice, and share our work with NASCAR fans.”

On race day at Bristol Motor Speedway, World Vision also will build disaster response hygiene kits with fans and supporters. These kits will be built in conjunction with Speedway Children Charities and distributed locally to children and families affected by disaster, homelessness, or poverty. A typical kit includes hygiene items such as shampoo, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a comb.

Learn more

  • Visit worldvision.org/racing to find out more information about the World Vision/Furniture Row Racing partnership.

How you can help

  • Make a donation for clean water in Zambia. Through August 31, World Vision is partnering with Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex, Jr., to provide clean water to a community in Zambia. Your donation will help meet our goal of $15,000 to make it happen.

Highlights

  • World Vision is partnering with Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex, Jr., to raise $15,000 to provide clean water to a community in Zambia.
  • Truex’s car will be fully wrapped in World Vision colors for upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup races on August 23 and 30 in Bristol, Tennessee, and Atlanta.
  • Fans may donate online or contribute $10 by texting “WATER” to 777444.

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