South West Water raise £100,000 for WaterAid
South West Water staff and supporters have raised a staggering £100,000 for the charity WaterAid over the last year, via special fundraising events and sponsorship. This monumental achievement will go towards supplying over 7,000 people in Tanzania with clean water and sanitation for life.
"WaterAid is an independent charity that was set up by the UK water industry in 1981 to help people in the third world, without access to safe drinking water. Since that date WaterAid supporters have worked tirelessly to raise much needed funds for the charity and 2005 has seen the pinnacle of our achievements here in the South West" - South West Water's Chief Executive Bob Baty.
The £100,000 has been raised through a number of successful fundraising events, including the 'Coast Along Challenge' that took place in September, when 600 walkers signed up to walk one of 70 section of the breathtaking South West coastal path. South West Water's Chief Executive Bob Baty and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw also joined the challenge, which raised £57,000 for WaterAid. Due to the phenomenal success of 'Coast Along' WaterAid are already planning another coastal hike on 15 September 2007.
Another hugely successful fundraiser was the critically acclaimed concert "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace." performed by the Exeter Festival Chorus at Truro Cathedral on 9 November, featuring world renowned composer Karl Jenkins.
"It costs as little as £15 for WaterAid to provide water and sanitation to someone in one of the countries in which we work; the £100,000 raised by our supporters at South West Water will enable WaterAid to provide safe water and sanitation to thousands of people." - Chief Executive of WaterAid, Barbara Frost'.
Published: 27 April 2006