Take to the coast and change lives!

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 17:40 -- admin

WaterAid needs you!

We're calling on anyone who enjoys the great outdoors to take to the spectacular British coast and raise vital funds for some of the world’s poorest communities by joining Coast Along for WaterAid 2012.

The event aims to raise £150,000 by getting teams striding out on over 250 sections of coastal path in regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales on Saturday 15 September 2012.

All the money raised will help WaterAid transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene – a crucial first step in overcoming poverty.

Now in its sixth year, Coast Along 2012 will be bigger and better than ever, covering more than 2000 miles of breathtaking coastline. You can choose from stretches of coast ranging from four to 15 miles and graded from easy to severe, so there should be a path to suit you. Or, if you prefer to walk with others, you can take part in new 'hub walks' across the UK – there are 9 to choose from!

Around the world, a staggering 783 million people do not have access to the basic necessity of safe water and 2.5 billion are forced to cope without access to decent toilets. When communities do not have clean water, the burden often falls to women and children who have to walk miles each day to collect water they know will make them ill. The distance walked by most people taking part in Coast Along will be similar to the daily routine for millions of women and children in Africa and Asia.

Sarah Canniford, Events Fundraising Executive at WaterAid, says: “It’s easy for us to take clean water for granted when it comes at the turn of a tap, but many of the world’s poorest people face long walks every day to collect water, which all too often is not safe to drink.

“By enjoying the UK’s beautiful coastline on 15 September, you can help raise vital funds to help WaterAid’s work to transform lives, while at the same time having an unforgettable day out. It costs just £15 to provide one person with safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene, so everyone who takes part can make a real difference.”

Sign up today and walk for water!