Coldplay appeal to Glastonbury
Chris Martin the Exeter lead singer of award winning band Coldplay is appealing to this year’s Glastonbury Festival goers to support WaterAid in solving the world’s sanitation problems.
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To raise awareness the band's lead singer dressed as a giant tap to meet his match - Chris Martin, South West Water's WaterAid Representative.
The serious message behind the taps is that during the 72 hours of this years Glastonbury Festival 43,200 people in the developing world will die from the lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Yet it costs just £15 to provide someone with clean water, sanitation and hygiene education for a lifetime.
Coldplay are urging their fans to collect the insides of toilet rolls so that they can help build a 'statue of poverty' at the festival to highlight this important global issue.
"This is a great cause," said Coldplay's Chris Martin. "Sign your name and bring those loo rolls... together we can play our part in flushing out poverty."
Today 2.5 billion people have no access to proper sanitation. More than 5 million people die each year from water related disease - that's 10 times the number killed in wars, on average each year.
WaterAid is a unique UK charity using simple technology to provide effective sanitation to the world's poorest people. At this year's festival WaterAid will offer African pit latrine services to festival goers as well. This will demonstrate how cheaply and easily effective sanitation can be provided.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Coldplay Manager, Phil Harvey, says that the next album will be out in late summer and prior to this the band anticipate playing at least a couple of dates in the South West.
For further information please contact Dina Chandler, Communications Officer on 01392 443021.
17 April 2002