Gold Coast couple set to save more lives two years after almost losing theirs

A young Gold Coast couple are set to embark on a three month journey to Africa to provide clean drinking water to thousands in need, two years after they were almost killed while on an almost identical mission.

In November 2014, Danielle and Micheal, both aged 27, were involved in a tragic bus accident which killed over 30 people.

The accident, which occurred while the couple were in Zambabwe helping to install a clean water well, left Danielle injured and Micheal with severe spinal injuries.


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Despite being extremely shaken and having since endured a gruelling recovery, the pair, who have started their own not-for-profit charity – Opportunities for Life, remain undeterred, heading back to Africa in November this year to help provide clean drinking water to those in need.

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The couple will be conducting water and sanitation projects which will involve drilling 40+ metres into the earth and installing manual hand pumps to supply clean drinking water for years to come.

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“By providing water, we are also providing opportunities for education, better health, agriculture, economic growth and sustainable and bright futures,” Micheal said.

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“663 million people on our planet lack access to safe and clean drinking water – this causes a child to die every 21 seconds.”

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The couple, who also have their own brand of bottled water which they have sold at various festivals and a number of sports clubs on the Gold Coast, have created a documentary in a bid to raise awareness of the conditions in remote African villages.

Danielle and Micheal are hoping the footage, which you can watch below, will assist with future fundraising and awareness.

“Let’s make a difference, one drop at a time,” Michael said.

Thirsty for Change: The African water crisis from Opportunities for Life on Vimeo.

The couple were the first recipients of Kathmandu’s 2016 Adventure Sponsorship, which will help to prepare them with equipment and clothing needed in the African summer.