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6th December 2012 – Appeal Launch Day #1 – Richmond Station
Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chairman and Founder of Richmond based charity Just a Drop and Chairman of World Travel Market, braved the cold today with staff and volunteers to hand out bottles of clean, safe drinking water to commuters passing through Richmond train station.
Fiona and the volunteers donned blue wigs and attire to attract attention whilst offering commuters dirty bottles of water to highlight the water issues facing children in developing countries. Commuters were given a clean bottle of water to take away featuring information on Just a Drop – an international water charity – as well as information on how they can support the charity’s ‘Change my Water – Change my Life’ appeal.
Fiona said, “The ‘Change my Water – Change my Life’ appeal aims to highlight how little it takes to transform dirty water into clean water for a child in a less developed country. I set up Just a Drop because I learnt that a child dies every 20 seconds because of dirty water and yet just £1 can provide clean water to a child for up to ten years. That’s why I named the charity Just a Drop because if we individually all give a little then collectively we can make a big difference.”
The appeal aims to raise awareness and funds for more projects, with a specific focus on a project in a school in an impoverished area of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, where safe, clean drinking water could encourage children to come to school and therefore avoid the life of crime, drugs and cartels that surrounds them.
Just a Drop is very grateful to Soothing Showers – one of the main sponsors of the appeal. Jaclyn Thorburn of Soothing Showers says:
“Supporting worthy causes and improving our environment is something Soothing Showers cares passionately about and the work that Just a Drop are undertaking is incredibly important. So many of us take the water in our taps for granted – whether it’s for cooking, making a cup of tea, or taking a shower – that we rarely stop to think that there are thousands of families all over the world who can’t enjoy these everyday ‘luxuries’.”
7th December 2012 – #ChangeMyWater in the Press
Richmond & Twickenham Times:
The Northern Echo – click here to read the story.
7th December 2012 – Appeal Launch Day #2 – Durham City Centre
Blaydon West Primary School helped Just a Drop on the second day of our #ChangeMyWater appeal, by offering shoppers in Durham City Centre dirty bottles of water to highlight the water issues facing children in developing countries.
The children from Blaydon West Primary School’s Charity Committee have nominated Just a Drop as their charity of the year and will be organising fundraising activity to support the charity’s appeal, including selling bottles of water, holding a fair and carrying out a sponsored event. The monies they raise will go towards a clean water project in a school in an impoverished and dangerous area of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
Ruby Seal (Year 6) and Jake Tindale (Year 3) from the school’s charity committee said: “We want to help Just a Drop because they save lives and give clean water.”
Sharon Donnelly, teacher at Blaydon West Primary School said: “The staff were also keen to support Just a Drop because we were so moved after watching their promotional video and seeing the impact that just £1 could make. It made us want to do something to help.”
We are very grateful to all of the children for braving the cold and thought they looked great with their blue noses and wigs!
25th February 2013 – #ChangeMyWater Support!
Our sincere thanks to everyone who has donated to our ‘Change my Water – Change my Life’ appeal. These supporters include: Soothing Showers, St Paul’s Girls’ School as well as some grant making foundations and numerous individuals. Thanks to your support, we have almost reached our target! and will be able to fund our project at Lazaro Cardenas Primary School in Mexico.