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Xtremely Stinky Shower Strike team (courtesy photo)

(HOUSTON) — A group of Houston-area volleyball players are “stinking it up” for a good cause.

Girls on The Xtreme Volleyball Club team in The Woodlands are boycotting showers for one week to raise money for clean water in Africa.

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The 14- and 15-year-old players are participating as a fundraising team — dubbed “Xtremely Stinky” — in the infamous global Shower Strike campaign held annually by Well Aware.

Well Aware is a nonprofit that raises funds to build clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. The fundraising goal for the sixth annual Shower Strike is $150,000, and they will use the money to bring clean water to three villages in Kenya: Emining, Exrock, and Nyakio.

Every $15 raised for Well Aware provides sustainable, clean water to a person for 20 to 30 years. Xtremely Stinky set a fundraising goal of $3,000. If they reach that goal, the girls will be giving the gift of water to 201 people.

Brinley Cuadra, 15, one of the members of the Xtremely Stinky Shower Strike team, said not showering is hard, but participating in the fundraiser is something she can do to help kids less fortunate than her who don’t have access to clean running water.

“With volleyball practice twice a week, gym class every day at school, and games on the weekends, people tend to just throw the money at us because we stink so bad. And knowing that money is going to save lives is a pretty amazing thing,” she said.

To donate to their cause, visit the Xtremely Stinky fundraising page.

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