The WaterAid Ball is a social affair with a serious agenda: to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to the worlds poorest people. This year we were sponsors.
Getting clean water to people is our business, so we were delighted to team up with WaterAid for this event. It was held at at the new floating pavilion at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with a Cuban theme "Havana Nights". We sponsored the program, electronic bidding, and the candy bar—stocked with plentiful chocolate cigars and other treats.
The first ball was held five years ago, with the ambitious goal of raising $1 000 000. And WaterAid certainly know how to get things done, because this years event got us over the line!
Here is the very classy looking Diona table on the night: Tadhg Stack, Anne Sheehy, Johanna Haire, Charlie Haire, Deena Salwa, Paul Lyndon, Maxine Page, Tim Page, and Tommy Pham.
In Australia, most of us take clean water and sanitation for granted, but one in ten people in the world are missing out. WaterAid is working to change that, and we are impressed with their operation. They provide local communities with skills and practical, sustainable technologies to achieve lasting improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene education. These basic rights are the first step in overcoming poverty.
WaterAid operates in 27 countries including Australia’s neighbours, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. New programs are being established in Laos and Cambodia. In 2011-12, WaterAid provided 11 000 people in PNG with sanitation. Since 2005, WaterAid has reached 44 000 people in PNG with clean water.
So next time you turn on the tap or flush the toilet, take a moment to appreciate all the clever infrastructure we have in place to make it work. If you want to share some of that good feeling with those less fortunate, you can join us in sending a few dollars to WaterAid.