World Water Day Fundraiser
29 March 2012, by Chris Harris
Thursday 22nd March was World Water Day, and since Softwire’s official charity this year is Water Aid, we thought we’d better do something to mark the occasion.
To remind us how lucky we are to have access to safe water, and to raise some money at the same time, we asked colleagues to give optional donations whenever they used water in the office. That included toilet trips, making tea and even washing hands – although we were very careful not to discourage any of these practices!
In total we raised £251.50 for Water Aid, which was great considering all we were selling was water… there was some discussion about whether we should also charge for all the soft drinks in the fridge, given how much water is used in their production, but we decided that it would bankrupt us!
Here are some sobering facts about water, courtesy of Water Aid:
- The average person in the developing world uses 10 litres of water every day for their drinking, washing and cooking.
- The average European uses 200 litres of water every day for their drinking, washing and cooking.
- 783 million people live without access to safe water, around 11% of the world’s population.
- 2.5 billion people live without access to sanitation, around 35% of the world’s population.
- 1.4 million children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation – 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds. This equates to 160 infant school classrooms lost every single day to an entirely preventable public health crisis.