Just Water challenge for WaterAid

Phot of Christine with text "This January I'm drinking just water"A member of the South Staffs Water team has completed the Just Water challenge for the fourth consecutive year.

Christine Howles started the 'Just Water' challenge at the beginning of January by getting sponsored to drink just water for the whole month; abstaining from alcohol, forgoing fizz, cutting out caffeine and drinking just water to raise money for international development charity, WaterAid.

Christine has raised £205 so far this year, bringing her Just Water total to £735 over the last four years.

Across the world, 771 million people live without clean water close to home. More than one in five of the global population have no decent toilet, and 2.3 billion do not have access to soap and water at home to help protect themselves against the spread of diseases like Covid-19. But with clean water close to home, families can meet their basic needs and stay safe and healthy. When schools have clean water and decent toilets children, especially girls, can focus on their learning and reach their potential.

Through its 'Thirst for Knowledge' winter appeal, WaterAid hopes to help transform thousands of lives in Nepal and across the world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. The UK government will match public donations made between 16 November 2021 and 15 February 2022 up to £2 million, helping bring these basic essentials to 28,000 people and 30 schools in the Bardiya district of Nepal.

“While many of us might enjoy a tipple or two to get us through the tough times, it’s sobering to think that 1 in 10 people globally don’t have access to clean water.

“That’s why I take on WaterAid’s Just Water challenge every year and help raise vital funds for communities around the world who are living without clean water, a decent toilet and good hygiene. It’s always tough going, as I do enjoy my mugs of tea, but the sense of achievement at the end is well worth it.”

Christine Howles.

“Just Water is now in its eighth year! We are so grateful to Christine for taking part to help transform lives in Nepal and globally. We’re hoping to raise over £40,000 for our Thirst for Knowledge appeal. The money raised by our valued supporters during January will be matched by the UK Government, up to £2 million, helping to reach even more people with the gift of clean water.”

Corinne Stone, WaterAid’s Senior Community and Events Fundraising Officer. 

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You can sponsor Christine for her efforts on her Just Giving page.

Posted: 31 January 2022