Have you ‘herd’? Water charity reaches
One of my favorite interviews of the year is catch- ing up with the Water Buffalos. This group, if you are not familiar with them, is an inspiring
example of how a couple of people with an idea and a vision
can spur a movement.
I suspect that twelve years ago, Ken
Howe and Bill Persich could not have
imagined that their crazy idea to combine
their passion for motorcycle-riding with a
desire to help others would have led
to raising $1 million for charity. But
that’s exactly what happened.
That first year, six Water Buffalos
raised $20K. Over the next decade, they inspired many more
to join them on their journeys from their home towns to
wherever the national AWWA event was being held, raising
donations for Water For People along the way.
I recently spoke with Water Buffalo President Alex Hood
at AWWA’s ACE event in Philadelphia in June. This year’s ride
attracted one of the largest groups they’ve seen. “We had a
total of 29 motorcycles attend, with 33 members with a few
passengers on board. We rode a combined 40,000 miles to
get to Philadelphia.”
Hood noted that one couple even spent their 32nd wed-
ding anniversary in Niagara Falls riding from Seattle, Wash.
As you might expect, they also scooped the award for the
Circle No. 3 on Reader Service Card
“Probably the biggest single
benefit that I’ve seen with
Neptune is the fact that they’re
PEOPLE AND ANSWERS
UTILITY RESOURCES MANAGER, WAUSAU WATER WORKS