The Greenlove Foundation, established in memory of Kendra Lindsay Bowers, a passionate environmentalist and resident of Newport, RI, will celebrate Earth Week with the installation of a water bottle filling station at Rogers High School.

Kendra Lindsay Bowers

Kendra admired the beauty of our Earth and was committed to protecting its natural resources. At 19 years of age, Kendra lost her life in a tragic skiing accident. Greenlove Foundation has been founded by her family to carry forward her legacy to protect and nurture the safekeeping of our Earth.

Kendra had a strong spirit, was a leader and determined to get things done. Her commitment to making others aware of how we could contribute to keeping our Earth healthy was endless. Her family knew that Kendra certainly would have continued to make a difference for our planet and decided that her spirit and determination needed to be carried on. The Greenlove Foundation is committed to making a difference for our Earth in Kendra’s memory.

The current initiative of Greenlove is the installation of water bottle filling stations in public schools starting with schools on Aquidneck Island. “The first RI installation will take place on Earth week at Rogers High School,” Katherine Bowers explained, Greenlove founder and Kendra’s mom. “We also plan to install them at other schools and in our local parks so people can refill their reusable water bottle rather than buying one that could end up in our landfills or streets.” The fundraiser on May 1st will help keep this initiative moving forward and will support Kendra’s strong opposition to plastic water bottle consumption and the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” mantra she embodied.

In addition to installing water bottle filling stations, the Greenlove Foundation is establishing an educational grant/scholarship for a student of higher education pursuing environmental studies. Further, Greenlove will support a multi-year summer camp experience in NH for a young girl of limited means, at the camp Kendra attended where she was a beloved camper, leader, counselor and mentor to many young girls.

“We hope through the support of family, friends and the local community, Greenlove
Foundation can continue to raise funds and awareness to protect our environment…..we feel Kendra would have given us “thumbs up”, Bowers concluded.

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Featured Photo Caption via The Greenlove Foundation on Facebook: Greenlove’s first waterbottle filling station was installed at the Charleston South Carolina aquarium as the result of Kendra’s aunt and uncle Sharon & Nigel Bowers’ lovely generous donation done with the goal of supporting the aquarium’s conservation efforts and of course Greenlove. Nigel said, “its not everyday that you have the chance to do something with people you love, for someone you love, for people you love at an organization you love.”

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