Supporting Water Aid links into Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Members of our club feel passionately that safe water, in plentiful supply, should be available to everyone in the world.
Following an informative and inspiring talk by Dave Shurlock of WaterAid earlier this year, we raised £200 in April 2015 to send to the charity – helping 13 people to benefit from clean water for the first time.
Amongst the awareness-raising events we have undertaken in the past for this cause is our “Spend a Penny” bottle collection – visitors to our homes will find small bottles in our bathrooms which ask them to donate a penny every time they flush the toilet or wash their hands, to remind them how cheap and easy our own water supply is. Several events have been held in Woking Town Centre to raise awareness about this issue. In 2012 we raised £140 at a side-event during the Olympics cycle race, which was matched by government funding, so that Water Aid received £280. In April 2017, we donated £100 in memory of Soroptimist Christine Paice.
The vision of WaterAid (www.wateraid.org) is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and effective sanitation. In many parts of the world, water collection is almost exclusively the job of women and girls. Often young girls will walk miles carrying their own body weight in water on their heads or backs.