Employees gang up for charity

11.05.2016

A North East water company is hoping to pack a punch for charity that will save lives in the developing world.

Splurge-guns are at the ready for Northumbrian Water’s annual WaterAid Ball, taking place on Friday June 17, 2016 from 7pm at Newcastle Marriott, Gosforth Park.

Sharp suits, slick hair and flapper dresses will be the order of the evening at the ‘Bugsy Malone’ themed fundraiser, which will raise money for Northumbrian Water’s international charity partner, 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 £995, with all proceeds going to WaterAid.

WaterAid works in 37 countries worldwide, transforming millions of lives every year in some of the world’s poorest communities with clean water, safe toilets and hygiene education.

Last year, Northumbrian Water pledged to raise £1 million by 2020 to WaterAid projects in Madagascar, saving some 7,000 lives.

Northumbrian WaterAid Chairman, Andrew Blakemore, said: “Anybody who is anybody will be at this speakeasy.

“The WaterAid Ball has become one of the most enjoyable charity evenings in the North East calendar and allows us to directly help people in need of a basic human right, access to safe water and effective sanitation.

“The aim of the ball is to have fun and raise vital funds for WaterAid, specifically WaterAid projects in Madagascar. 4,000 children die every year in Madagascar from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. This is totally unacceptable in this day and age and we’re determined to do something about it.”

More than £25,000 was raised at the WaterAid Ball last year, which was Wild West themed.

Bugsy Malone follows the 1920s′ rivalry between two American street gangs during the Prohibition era.

Although traditionally a black tie event, there is the option to wear fancy dress and there will be a prize for the best dressed.

To book a table, email wateraid@nwl.co.uk.

For more information, contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.

• The Northumbrian WaterAid committee has raised £5 million for WaterAid since 1981.
• Over 650 million people live without safe water, (around 1 in 10 in the world).
• Over 2.3 billion people live without improved sanitation, (around 1 in 3 of the world′s population).
• Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.
• Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s nearly 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.

For more information, visit www.wateraid.org.

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