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'Water' Goal for WaterAid

12 November 2010 10:56

NI Water’s nominated charity, WaterAid, recently ‘scored’ a generous donation of £300 from the Design and Build Summer Football League.

The League, which has been running each summer since 2001, comprises teams from various design and construction companies based in Belfast and surrounding areas.

NI Water’s WaterAid Honorary Secretary for WaterAid, Frank Stewart commented:

"In Northern Ireland we have water on tap, all day, every day. However, one in eight of the world’s population – which equates to 884 million people – does not have access to clean water at all. This lack of clean water and safe sanitation results in the death of over two million people from water-related diseases every year. That is why the support of the Summer League Football teams is important and very much appreciated. The money donated will be put to good use providing clean safe drinking water for some of the poorest people in the developing world."

Paul McKeown, who currently manages the summer league said:

"I used to work in the water industry and it makes you realise just how important sanitation and hygiene are and how lucky we are in Northern Ireland to have such a safe, clean supply of drinking water to hand whenever we want it. It is a tragedy that people are dying because they do not have this valuable resource available to them. I would like to thank all those who took part in the summer league to raise these vital funds. The design & Build Summer League are delighted to support WaterAid, as the £300 raised will literally make the difference between life and death for people."

WaterAid works with local communities in the developing world by providing practical low cost solutions, using simple technology, to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

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