NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- While most kids think about parties and presents for their birthday, one Lowcountry child is thinking of how he can raise money to help others.
Scotty Parker will embark on a bike ride this Sunday, celebrating his tenth birthday, Spring Break from Hanahan Elementary, and raising awareness for the needs of clean water around the world.
Scotty will ride his bike from Greenville and aims to end up in North Charleston on April 17, traveling on over 200 miles of back roads across South Carolina. His grandfather will be riding along with him in a truck to help with traffic.
"I learned that some kids didn't have clean water and that made me sad," he said. "So then I saw a commercial for 'The Little Red Wagon' which was a movie about a kid who walked from capital to capital to raise awareness for kids who lost their home during a hurricane. So that got me thinking about riding across the state."
His goal is to raise at least $25,000 for Water Missions International. That's the average amount needed for a water purification system for a whole community.
"There are people who don't have safe water and Water Missions has a solution," said Kyle Whitcroft with WMI. "We can go into a community and we've created the Living Water Treatment System that's palletized and shippable. A group of strong men can carry it into any area."
This isn't the first fundraiser for the young boy. A couple of years ago he had a birthday party that raised $600 for Water Missions.
Scotty's not far from his current goal. As of this writing, Scotty has successfully raised almost $21,000 and a generous benefactor has promised to match each donation, dollar for dollar.
Tom Crawford is a member of the Meteorological Society. He has been awarded the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and has been recognized as SC's Best Weathercaster by the AP.More >>