Refresh project continues Gulf recovery idea program

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

With the help of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the Pepsi Refresh Project opened up voting Aug. 3 to support the Do Good for the Gulf program in which Pepsi is doubling its commitment for one month to invest $1.3 million to fund ideas that refresh individuals and communities in the Gulf states in the wake of the oil spill.

Voting for the 287 Gulf-related ideas opened at noon ET at www.refresheverything.com and continues through Aug. 31. Click here for a call-to-action video message from Drew Brees encouraging the public to participate in the Do Good for the Gulf program.

Do Good for the Gulf is an extension of the Pepsi Refresh Project, which is awarding more than $20 million in the U.S. to fund good ideas, big and small, that move communities forward.

Starting today, people across the nation can vote on their favorite ideas to help communities in the Gulf coast region on www.refresheverything.com that will make a positive impact on communities. On Sept. 2, Pepsi will announce the 32 ideas with the most votes to receive grants from $5,000 to $250,000, a total of $1.3 million.

Since the project launched in January, more than $8 million has been awarded to empower individuals to turn their good ideas from wishful thinking into reality.

These ideas have helped to build houses across the country, send care packages to troops overseas, teach healthy eating habits, build playgrounds, provide music instruments to students and research ways to make school buses reduce their carbon emissions. The Do Good for the Gulf program is intended to make a positive impact on communities affected by the Gulf oil spill.