From goal attack to toilet defence

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19 Nov 2014 | AU

The Melbourne Vixens will switch from goal attack to toilet defence as they swap a netball hoop for a giant dunny to raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people living without access to a toilet.

The reigning champs have joined forces with international development charity WaterAid - becoming Sanitation Superheroes to mark the UN sanctioned, World Toilet Day.

Vixens wing defence Kate Moloney said that at first the idea of a day dedicated to toilets did seem a little odd. “However, when the team realised the severity of the sanitation problem, we agreed we had a goal worth aiming for.”

“A giant dunny is hard to miss, so we thought becoming Sanitation Superheroes was a great way to draw attention to the need to provide water, sanitation and hygiene to a third of the global population that sadly does not have it,” Moloney said.

“Living in Australia, it is easy to forget how privledged we are, being able to easily access a toilet whenever we need.”

“In developing countries, children die from diseases related to poor sanitation and unsafe water, and women and girls are vulnerable to attack when looking for somewhere to go to the toilet.”

Paul Nichols, Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia said the Sanitation Superheroes fundraising campaign is a fun way to shed light on a serious issue.

“At present, more people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet, yet tragically more than 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.”

“Sanitation Superheroes is an easy and fun way to make a difference. For every $50 raised, WaterAid can help a family in one of the world’s poorest communities design and build their own hygienic pit toilet,” Mr Nichols said.

To become a Sanitation Superhero and raise money people can register at www.sanitationsuperheroes.org.au. People can also sign an online petition titled everyone, everywhere calling for access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene – taps and toilets – by 2030.