Rachel Beckwith was an incredibly kind and compassionate nine-year-old girl.
She always tried to put others before her own needs and so on her ninth birthday she made a wish to try and raise $300 for Charity: Water so that fifteen people could get clean water to drink.
Rachel fell a little short of her $300 target. She raised $220 but she was not defeated. She told her mother that she would try harder next year to achieve her goal.
A month on the 23rd of July, 2011, nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith was killed in a tragic car accident on highway I-90 near Seattle, Washington.
The news of her heartbreaking death and her birthday wish was heard around the world.
Thousands of people started donating to Rachel’s mycharity: water fundraising page and within a few months, she had raised over $1.2 million.
On the one-year anniversary of her death, Rachel’s mum, Samantha, and grandparents, Roseanne and Richard, travelled to Ethiopia to meet some of the people Rachel had helped.
Rachel’s family were in awe of the donations had helped the community. Her grandfather Richard told the villagers that “I really wish Rachel could be here today because first of all, Rachel would think this is probably the neatest thing she’d ever seen in her entire life”.
Rachel’s kind-hearted nature has managed to help over 60,000 people get access to clean water. She also touched the hearts of all those who willingly donated to Rachel’s fundraising page in her honour.
Rachel has to be one of the kindest little girls we have ever heard of.
Many others have taken inspiration from Rachel’s birthday fundraising pledge where you ask for donations instead of gifts, including; Tony Hawk, Matt Hasselbeck and Depeche Mode.