LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Local college students raise thousands of dollars to help an impoverished community in Africa.

As part of a class project, a group of students at Western Technical College held fundraisers like a poker and bowling tournament last month.

More than$ 5,000 was raised through various events and $5,000 will be matched by the Downtown La Crosse and Tomah Rotary Clubs.

The money supports the Remember Jesse Parker charity which puts clean water wells in third world countries.

The well will help a community in Uganda of about 1,500 people. "This has been a complete eye opening experience, very heartwarming and through the holidays it's just a great gift to be able to do, something that will impact people so greatly, just an awesome Christmas present," said Western student Kelly Cottrell.

The charity honors the son of a Western accounting instructor who wanted to find a way to bring clean water to people all over the world before he was killed in a car crash.