The second annual Abilene City Limits will take place in Gardner’s west lobby this Thursday from 8-10 p.m.
Abilene City Limits is a benefit concert featuring several ACU student musicians along with free food and an opportunity to talk about the water crisis in the world today. All donations from the event go to the Wishing Well, an organization that helps provide clean water to communities around the world who don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water, said sophomore Deja Roberson, who helped plan the event.
“Last year, we didn’t record how many people came to the event,” said Roberson, sophomore Bible-vocational missions major from Janesville, Wisconsin. “However, the turnout was a lot bigger than I think we initially expected. For this year, I believe that we’re thinking, and also hoping, that the turnout will be larger than last.”
Wes Robbins, senior sociology major from Houston, was one of the student musicians who played at the concert last year and will play again this year.
“I did have the privilege of playing ACL last year,” Robbins said. “I was living in Dallas with JUST [Justice and Urban Studies Team] and I drove back into Abilene just to play the show, if I remember correctly.”
At least 600 million people live without access to clean drinking water and many suffer from diseases like Diarrhoeal, which is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. In an age of affluence and progress, it’s a moral obscenity that we allow this to continue at the rate it does, Robbins said.
“Any time that I can leverage my gifts to shine the spotlight on something as important as this, I’ll definitely take that opportunity,” he said.
The donated funds go directly into the building of water wells in those communities, as well as to the training of the locals in proper care and repair for the wells, said Roberson.
“People should come out because it’s going to be an amazing night of music, community, and of course free food,” Roberson said. “What Wishing Well is doing is such an incredible experience and these events are when we’re able to share that with everyone around us while also inviting them to join us in our efforts.”