Stayin′ alive thanks to seventies ball


Friday night, and the lights are low... looking out for a place to go?

Head down to the Northumbrian WaterAid Ball for an enjoyable evening of entertainment that will save lives in the developing world.

Taking place on Friday, June 19 2009 from 7.00pm at Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, the seventies-themed bash, titled ‘Friday Night Fever’, will raise money, money, money for Northumbrian Water′s adopted international charity, WaterAid.

Businesses in the region can enjoy a champagne reception and three-course dinner, followed by a night of top-class entertainment. A table seating ten people costs £850, with all proceeds going to WaterAid. Individual tickets are also available, priced at £85 each.

The stage will belong to Stardust Express, who will perform a tribute to Swedish superstars, ABBA. Everyone will be in the mood for dance as they cover classics such as Waterloo, Super Trouper and Dancing Queen.

Also performing hits from the seventies and beyond are local singer Zita and 55 Degrees, a band made up of leading business figures from around the North East, including Northumbrian Water’s managing director, John Cuthbert, on guitar and vocals.

If that’s not enough, one lucky winner will take it all in the grand raffle, going home with a prize worth thousands of pounds!

Julie Wilson, event organiser and secretary of Northumbrian WaterAid’s fundraising committee, said: “The WaterAid ball has become one of the most enjoyable charity evenings in the north east calendar, whilst raising funds to provide clean, safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to people in some of the world′s poorest countries.”

Although traditionally a black tie event, this year there is the option to dig out flares, white disco suits and platform boots!

Northumbrian Water would like to thank its platinum WaterAid sponsors Fastflow, Gowland and Dawson Limited, JN Bentley Limited, Lumsden & Carroll Construction and Utility Technology Services Limited for their ongoing support.

To find out more about WaterAid, make a donation or buy a table at this year’s Northumbrian WaterAid Ball contact Julie Wilson on 0191 301 6713, email or log onto

WaterAid Facts

• Clean water is essential for life, but over a billion people in the world do not have it. This and the lack of sanitation result in over two million people dying from water-related diseases every year. The lack of clean water close to people′s homes also affects people′s time, livelihoods and quality of life.

• A child dies every 17 seconds in the developing world from disease caused by a lack of these basic human rights.

• WaterAid works in 17 of the world′s poorest countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. These countries are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in Africa; Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan in Asia; and Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste in the Pacific region.

• Since it’s creation in 1981, WaterAid has given more than 8 million people in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region a helping hand to a better, healthier and happier life.

• It only costs £15 to provide one person with a lasting supply of safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education for life.

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