On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, ONE DROP will host its inaugural ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP in Las Vegas. For one incredible evening, guest performers, celebrities, international leaders, neighbors, philanthropists, and global citizens will come together to make a dream a reality—a world where every human being has access to water and can live in dignity and health. ONE DROP spoke to Jerry Nadal, Senior Vice President, Resident Show Division at Cirque du Soleil and ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP conductor who strongly believes that the success of the event will rely in large part on the priceless contribution of its committed volunteers.
What is your role with regards to the ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP preparations?
I’m a bit like the conductor of an orchestra who makes sure all the parts are working and that everybody is doing their jobs. I’m coordinating and assisting where I’m needed.
What does volunteer support mean to your team and what do you have in store for them?
You know, Cirque du Soleil has always encouraged a lot of volunteerism here in Las Vegas. Whenever we’ve organized any kind of an event, we’ve had tremendous response. I think it’s a natural extension of what people here generally do. Vegas is a very generous community and I think Cirque employees really exemplify that. We couldn’t possibly pull an event like this off without their valued support.
You can’t possibly imagine how many talented and committed people it takes to pull an event of this magnitude off! It’s mind-boggling! Cirque du Soleil, MGM Resort and Treasure Island volunteers are so generous with their time. No efforts are spared. And how about the guest performers who did not hesitate one second to jump on this bandwagon. The unique show that will be unveiled at the Bellagio that night promises to be memorable. Let me assure you the guests will also be very well taken care of by our dedicated volunteers.
Let’s not forget the events leading up to ONE NIGHT. Our four hundred plus volunteers will be kept very busy, I assure you! For example, at the Walk for Water* and Run Away with Cirque du Soleil, they will do everything from making sure the runners have water, to running the booths that Cirque has to man—other companies will be donating goods and services. Also, on the Walk for Water, we’ll have people interspersed over the course of the route giving first aid, it’s a long walk. And the list goes on…
If you had a wish to make on behalf of water, what would it be?
I wish that people were aware of how critical the issue is with water even here in the US and especially right here in Nevada. We live in the desert. Because we can turn on the tap and flush our toilets, I don’t think people realize how scarce the resource is. Obviously you want everybody to have access to water but I think unless people are aware of the problems and its scarcity, then you’ll never manage to find a long-term solution.
Check out our next newsletter for more juicy details pertaining to the once-in-a-lifetime ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP extravaganza!
*Walk for Water, an initiative of Scott Stevens, Head of Carpentry—KÀ will be taking place on March 21. During this 22-mile walk, 500 to 800 men will carry water from Lake Las Vegas to the Bellagio to highlight the plight of women and children who are disproportionately affected by water-related issues.