Barrick marked World Water Day in March by donating $100,000 towards the inaugural One Night for ONE DROP charity event in Las Vegas, and by connecting children in Nevada with Olympic athletes whose sports depend on water conservation.
The event, held on March 22, featured a one-night-only performance of 230 dancers and artists from Cirque du Soleil to support ONE DROP, a non-profit established in 2007 by Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil. ONE DROP strives to ensure that water is accessible to people around the world by developing access-to-water and sanitation projects in countries where water is lacking.
Barrick’s donation went to the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, an 80-acre national historic site featuring botanical gardens, trails, historical structures, restored wetlands and wildlife exhibits. On the day of the event, Barrick sponsored a visit to the Springs Preserve by three U.S. Olympic athletes — rowers Mary Whipple and Erin Cafaro and swimmer Missy Franklin — who signed autographs for about 250 children as part of Barrick’s Communities In Schools of Nevada partnership program. The Olympians helped to educate the children on the importance of increasing access to clean water in their community, which is known for having water challenges as a result of its dry climate.
In addition to the $100,000 donation, Barrick also partnered with world-renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald to produce a 24-karat gold-leaf sculpture that was unveiled at the One Night for ONE DROP event. The sculpture later sold for $275,000, with all proceeds going to ONE DROP.
"At Barrick, we understand that water conservation is a major issue, including in the mining industry," said Michael Brown, Vice President, Corporate & External Affairs, Barrick North America. "This was a unique opportunity for us to give back to our community in Nevada."