A total of five Santa Monica restaurants are participating in UNICEF’s Tap Project in honor of World Water Week. During the week of March 21 through March 27, Ye Olde King’s Head, Ocean & Vine, Real Food Daily, South and Swingers will encourage diners to donate $1 or more for the tap water they normally receive for free.

“We’ve collected $651 so far,” said South employee Pamela Cobbs. “Everybody’s just been really supportive.”

The money goes to providing clean water for children in countries such as Haiti, Togo, Guatemala, Central African Republic and Vietnam. The Tap Project also aims to raise awareness about the lack of clean and available water and how it impacts people, especially children, around the world.

“We’ve actually been getting quite a response,” said Amanda Graham, general manager at Swingers.

These Santa Monica restaurants join 24 other Los Angeles establishments and thousands of restaurants across the country in participating in the UNICEF Tap Project. The restaurants also inform patrons that further donations can be made online at tapproject.org.

Other World Water Week events in Los Angeles include a March 24 Tap Project concert, I (tap) LA, at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. The concert will be hosted by comedian Eric Schwartz and feature music by Alysse Fischer, The Makepeace Brothers and Gaby Moreno.

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