Exeter Concert for WaterAid
Music-lovers can lap up the beauty of Bach in Exeter next week and aid the struggle to improve water health around the world as they listen.
Exeter Chamber Choir directed by Andrew Daldorph will be performing a programme of Johann Sebastian Bach's motets at St David's Church on Friday October 13th from 7.30pm in aid of WaterAid - the charity of the UK water industry. Fraser Tancock is to also play a spectacular series of Baroque trumpet solos.
WaterAid works to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene across the world. More than one billion people on the planet have no access to safe drinking water while close to 2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
It is estimated more than 6,000 children die every day - nearly one child every 15 seconds - from illnesses linked to substandard water supply and waste disposal in poor countries.
WaterAid has already helped 8.5 million people in its short history and for every £15 raised can give one more person access to clean water and sanitation.
Peter Fordham of the South West WaterAid Supporters Group travelled to Burkina Faso in West Africa earlier this year to see for himself what a difference better sanitation can make.
He said: "I saw how WaterAid is helping schools and communities to understand and practice good hygiene and how it works with local government and other charities to ensure that its work gives lasting benefit.
"Contributions from this concert will help save many people from unnecessary illness or death as well as raising their quality of life."
Next week's concert is supported by South West Water and Viridor Waste Management and tickets costing £10 (£8 concessions) will be available on the door but can also be pre-booked on 01404 813041.
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Notes to editors:
- When combined, water, sanitation and hygiene reduce the number of deaths caused by diarrhoeal diseases by an average of 65%
- The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 20kg, the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance
- Around 2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene
- Since 1950, the world population has doubled but water consumption has increased six-fold
- Diarrhoea alone kills 1.8 million children under five every year, but most cases can be prevented or treated
- For more information on WaterAid in the South West please contact Sue Alcock. (details below).
Published: 5 October 2006
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