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November 15, 2011 > Special Life Events: Newark resident excels in 'do something' club activities

Special Life Events: Newark resident excels in 'do something' club activities

Submitted By Thien Nguyen

In places such as Africa and India, water-related diseases are a large contributor to many child and infant deaths. Due to the lack of funds, resources, or volition, local and federal governments in developing nations are sometimes incapable of providing its citizens with the basic necessity of clean water.

However, Newark resident Nicole Dudaney and a senior at Notre Dame High School in Belmont, is trying to help. After viewing a documentary on the world's dwindling fresh water supply in her AP Biology class, Nicole enlisted the help of her classmates in Notre Dame's Do Something Club and began fundraising. Through daily bake sales, t-shirt sales, and donations, these students are working toward underwriting a water well for a classroom in Kenya. "We are on target to reach our goal of $250 to help students in Kenya. However, we would like to surpass our initial goal and help an entire village with a water pump. That would require $800 in funds. I believe we can do it."

With support from The Water Project, a non-profit organization working to provide clean, safe drinking water to nearly 1 billion people in developing countries, Nicole and the Do Something Club is raising awareness of these frightening facts and allowing fellow students to donate toward a worthy and life saving cause.

Hallmark Two and Hallmark Four state, "We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person," and "We commit ourselves to community service." Nicole and her classmates are truly integrating The Hallmarks they have learned in the classroom and applying them to global issues.

"This Fundraising initiative reflects the integration of The Hallmarks in all that we do as a school community. The Hallmarks serve as our moral compass as we respond to the needs in our local and global communities," said Notre Dame Principal, Rita Gleason '66.

If you would like to help Nicole and the Do Something Club in their efforts, please contact Rosemary Boardman at, or call Notre Dame High School at (650) 595-1913.

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