Melbourne Vixens partner up with WaterAid


20 Nov 2014 | AU

WaterAid Australia is delighted to announce a new three year partnership with Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens.

WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation focused on improving people’s access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in developing countries.

The partnership between WaterAid Australia and the Melbourne Vixens will help educate the netball community on the essential role that safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation play in human and community development; and dramatically improve the lives and opportunities for families especially for women and girls.

Netball Victoria CEO Michelle Plane said it was exciting to work with an organisation that empowers and improves life opportunities for young women.

“We believe the partnership between the Melbourne Vixens and WaterAid Australia is a natural fit,” Ms Plane said.

“Our Vixens are powerful young leaders promoting the sport of netball and strong values of personal integrity, teamwork and community across Australia and around the world. Not only are they empowering females along the way, but they are also great role models for any individual.”

“We want to get the message out to our local communities about the importance of having access to safe water, whilst also educating people and enabling them to support those who may be in a less fortunate situation.”

WaterAid Australia Chief Executive Paul Nichols echoed the exciting nature of the partnership between the two organisations.

"WaterAid is delighted to partner with the Melbourne Vixens because we both care about young women’s leadership, empowerment and involvement in society and having access to clean safe water, sanitation and hygiene is fundamental to health and wellbeing in young women,” Mr Nichols said.

“WaterAid supports the Vixens in their local endeavours towards young women being included and involved in their local communities. This is the same challenge WaterAid sets ourselves in involving young women in developing countries in addressing their own communities’ needs.

“We see the partnership as a way of connecting these local and global challenges, and as a great way to help young women appreciate the need of their peers living in very different circumstances.”