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Iron Tribe in Mount Pleasant hosting Workout for Water to build wells in Africa, South America

July 4, 2017 GMT

A local gym is encouraging the community to participate in Workout for Water, an effort that raises money to build water wells for communities in Africa and South America.

Iron Tribe Fitness, a gym chain with 42 locations in 12 states, raises money each year for Neverthirst, the organization that helps build wells for the villages.

Nationwide, Iron Tribe has a goal of $1 million that will go toward efforts in Cambodia, Chad and Sudan. The gym’s Mount Pleasant location has a goal of $35,000 after it raised $22,000 last year.

A bulk of the fundraising will come from a workout event Iron Tribe will host July 15 at Cool Blow in downtown Charleston. The workout will start at 9 a.m.

Those who sign up will pay $50 to compete and get a T-shirt. They’ll be divided into groups of four and team members will alternate holding a large barrel of water while the other three run, do push-ups, and other activities.

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To celebrate the workout, Iron Tribe will host an after-party across the street at Revelry Brewery at 11 a.m. The brewery is located at 10 Conroy Street.

Corky Alexander, the owner of the Mount Pleasant gym, said they had about 120 competitors last year and expect about 200 this year.

“It’s a fun competition and it means the world to us when people sacrifice their time to donate and be a part of it,” he said.

Two days before the workout, on July 13, Iron Tribe will host an event on the Harbour Club rooftop bar at 35 Prioleau St. in Charleston. The gym members will be the bartenders and the public is invited to attend. The proceeds will go toward the Neverthirst effort.

Alexander said the local Iron Tribe always gets a good response from the local community.

“The people here really embrace our core values and it warms our hearts when they participate with us,” he said.

To sign up or donate, visit www.workoutforwater.com/event/mtpleasant.