Ice cool for charity

05.03.2009

Ice hockey fans are helping to put poverty in the ‘sin bin’ by raising vital funds.

Northumbrian Water’s adopted international charity, WaterAid, teamed up with the Vipers to raise money at a match played at the Metro Arena.

Seven charity volunteers and their families helped to raise £235 on the night by raffling two, signed shirts, kindly donated by the Vipers, and holding a bucket collection.  This is enough money to provide clean water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to 15 people in the developing world as it costs £15 to provide these basic human rights to a child for life.

The shirts were won by Kayleigh Johnson from Anfield Plain in Stanley, County Durham and Gary Whitfield from Gateshead.

Kayleigh Johnson, who is nine and a passionate Vipers supporter, said:  “I am so happy to have won a signed shirt.  I will treasure it.  It has been a great night because the Vipers won and so have I!  It is really good that we are also able to help people who don’t have as much as us.”

Jane Morland, who organised the fundraising and works for Northumbrian Water’s corporate responsibility team, said:  “WaterAid really makes a difference to peoples’ lives in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.  In the North East we take clean, safe tap water and having a toilet for granted – hundreds of millions of people don’t have access to things which we take for granted every day.  I would like to thank all the generous fans who gave money to WaterAid.”

• 884 million people in the word do not have access to safe water – one in eight of the world’s population.

• 2.5 billion people do not have access to effective sanitation – two fifths of the world’s population.

• 5000 children die every day because of the lack of these basic human rights.

Northumbrian Water has dedicated employees who constantly work to raise awareness and funds for this life-giving charity.  To find out more about WaterAid’s vital work and how you can get involved, log onto www.nwl.co.uk/WaterAid.aspx or contact Julie Wilson on 0191 301 6713.

For further information, contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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