Celebrate World Toilet Day by saying thank you to your toilet

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13 Nov 2013 | AU

WaterAid is asking people to say thank you to their toilet this World Toilet Day, 19 November.

“Toilets are one of the most basic human rights, yet 2.5 billion people around the world don’t have access to adequate sanitation impacting on their health, education and economic prosperity,” said WaterAid Chief Executive Mr Adam Laidlaw.  

“This year, for the first time, World Toilet Day has been recognised as an official day by the United Nations, highlighting the importance of sanitation in overcoming poverty. WaterAid is keen to raise awareness of the sanitation crisis faced by billions every day,” said Mr Laidlaw.

“Without a toilet, how can anyone hope to stay healthy? Germs in human waste spread disease and open defecation make living conditions intolerable. Across the world, 2000 children die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of sanitation and clean water. Tragically people are contracting and dying of preventable diseases. And it’s not just about the unhygienic conditions, without a private toilet women and girls are vulnerable to human and animal attack,” said Mr Laidlaw.  

“World Toilet Day on 19 November is a perfect opportunity to show your gratitude for having somewhere safe and clean to go to the toilet,” said Mr Laidlaw.

There are many fun ways to celebrate World Toilet Day and raise awareness of the sanitation crisis:

• Watch and share a music film clip of Louie, the singing loo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZIj6EuTVs
• Sit on the loo for the day: Show your gratitude by sitting on the toilet all day! We've created a toilet seat template which sits perfectly on chairs.
• Do a doodle: Hand out the toilet seat template and get people to add their own colourful and quirky designs.
• Pay to pee: Make a donation when you visit the loo.
• Hold a toilet trivia challenge
• Test your aim: Use our toilet seat template as a target.
• Remind Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that water, sanitation and hygiene matter: Sign the Wash Away Poverty petition.

For further information and to view the Louie the loo film, and download poster and toilet templates please visit: http://www.wateraid.org/au/get-involved/world-toilet-day

Did you know?
1. 2.5 billion people – almost two fifths of the world's population – don't have a safe, clean and private toilet.
2. Last year WaterAid reached over 200 people with sanitation every hour – that's 5,000 people a day.
3. Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that's almost 2,000 children a day.
4. Toilets have added 20 years to the human life expectancy over the past two centuries.
5. More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet.

Contact
Kirrily Johns, Communications Manager, WaterAid: +61 03 9001 8246, Kirrily.johns@wateraid.org.au

About WaterAid
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit: www.wateraid.org.au