This World Toilet Day, 19 November, we want everyone to overcome their embarrassment and talk about toilets, and how they save lives.

It's no joke!

We Aussies love to laugh, and in the lead up to World Toilet Day, we've got the perfect reason to use our humour to help raise money for the 2.3 billion people around the world without access to a safe toilet.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. Encourage your workplace, community group or school to Pay to Pee! Simply donate to use the toilet on the eve of World Toilet Day, or anytime in November.  Alternatively, you can host a Comedy Quiz or a hilarious Comedy Night. 

All the money you raise from your World Toilet Day fundraising will give families in the world's poorest communities the best start in life, simply through safe water, toilets and hygiene. Not only that, but for every $25 raised we could help give children safe toilets at school.

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What is World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2013 as a day to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation.

In Australia having a day all about toilets may seem funny. But for millions of people around the world it's no laughing matter. A shocking 2.3 billion people – one in three of the world’s population – do not have access to a safe toilet.

Many have no choice but to face the indignity of going to the loo in the open, where they are exposed to disease and vulnerable to harassment and even attack. It's a serious issue that can be hard to talk about – so we want to overcome our embarrassment and get the nation talking about toilets.

Timor Leste family

“I felt shy and I felt shame. I would wait until no one was there and then go to the toilet. Sometimes I would wait til the night time, sometimes I would go in the day, but it was very hard.” 
says Anna, Timor-Leste.

History of World Toilet Day

In 2001, the World Toilet Organisation declared 19 November World Toilet Day. In 2013 for the first time it was declared an official UN day.

The day was created to raise global awareness of the struggle faced by the 2.3 billion people living without access to sanitation. It is also used to explore some of the health, emotional and psychological consequences people endure as a result of not having a proper, safe toilet. Today it is marked and celebrated around the globe, with scores of events being hosted by various water and sanitation organisations and advocates, including WaterAid.

What we do

With the help of local people and partners, every year WaterAid helps the world's poorest communities to build thousands of toilets – always making sure it's the right kind of toilet for the local area. We use local materials, low-cost solutions, and are always exploring new ways to deal with human waste.

We also campaign tirelessly to demand that governments target their development efforts and spending on sanitation. It might not be sexy or nice to talk about, but we know that toilets save lives.

Even more than that, spending on sanitation has huge economic benefits – for every dollar invested in sanitation, there's around four dollars return. Health is improved, fewer days are lost to sickness, and girls stay on at school longer.