Calling Megan Garand and Anna Prospisil a dynamic duo isn't much of an overstatement.
The two Andrew High School seniors serve on the student council together—Megan is president, Anna is secretary—they run cross-country together, and they attend the same church together, Parkview Christian in Orland Park.
And on Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Tinley Park teens will be scooping ice cream from 6 to 10 p.m. at Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe in Tinley Park as part of a fundraiser to build a well to bring clean water to a village in Kenya, something they call Project: Well.
This benefit, which will 10 percent of sales made that night is just the first of several efforts Megan and Anna are planning as part of an attempt to raise $2,500 for Christian Mission Fellowship International, so that organization can bring a well to Turkana, Kenya, an area where clean water is considered a luxury. Along with the Plush Horse fundraiser, the two are also putting together a 5K in November, as well as other smaller events.
While the high school seniors have built an identity of working together, they're also relying on some help from classmates and friends. About 20 people have volunteered to help Megan and Anna in their efforts, and Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki will be on first-shift, ice cream scooping duty from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Building the well might be the first—and most important—step, but it's not the entire goal. Once they cover that cost, the teens, who have been close friends for four years, plan to earn another $3,000 on their own so they can travel to Kenya and see the product of their efforts. It's a daunting task, but Megan and Anna maintain a serene perspective on it.
"God will provide," Anna said.
Watch the video to find out why Megan and Anna are raising money for a well in Kenya, why they picked Plush Horse, what they plan to do Tuesday and how this has affected their friendship.
Project: Well Fundraiser
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20
Where: Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe, 7903 171st St., Tinley Park
More Info: Go to Megan and Anna's Facebook page and their special project page on CMFI's website.