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Music to your rears: WaterAid’s ‘Toilet of Dreams’ revealed on the Glastonbury 2017 line-up

 

21 Jun 2017

International development charity WaterAid has today confirmed rumours of a very special addition to the 2017 line-up of Glastonbury’s legendary loos.  WaterAid’s ‘Toilet of Dreams’ will be making its debut performance at the festival this year, billed as a loo like no other. The first person to visit the toilet was none other than Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.

Festival-goers trudging through Glastonbury’s hot and dusty fields to visit the crapper will be rewarded by the most luxurious loo ever to grace Worthy Farm.  The unisex blingy bog invites users to become king or queen of the latrine as they sit on a silver throne complete with disco-themed purple loo seat, surrounded by disco balls, mirrors and a very special dream-themed soundtrack. 

WaterAid has installed Glastonbury’s most Instagrammable disco dunny to raise awareness that the humble loo has the power to make dreams come true. Globally around 1 in 3 schools don’t have clean water or decent toilets.  The lack of basic facilities means children are unable to focus on lessons properly because they are thirsty or need the loo, have to miss lessons to fetch water, get sick from diseases caused by poor hygiene, and girls regularly drop out of school when their periods start.

Using the smallest yet swankiest room in the festival to share the huge problems of the 2.4 billion globally who dream of having a decent toilet, WaterAid hopes to encourage everyone who visits to get behind #TheWaterFight petition and help break down inequalities that prevent children from achieving their potential.

The Toilet of Dreams is located next to the cider bus at the back of the Pyramid stage field.

WaterAid’s Marcus Missen said:

“Without access to basic toilets children around the world are denied the healthy childhood they deserve, the education they need, and the chance to turn their dreams into reality. Our luxurious Toilet of Dreams is helping WaterAid raise awareness that the humble loo really can make dreams come true.  The Toilet of Dreams uses pure frivolity to deliver our deadly serious message and encourages festival goers to lend their support to WaterAid’s #TheWaterFight petition.”

Without home comforts - whether queuing to get water, waiting to use the toilet, or not being as clean as they’d like to be - festival-goers can start to understand what it’s like for those living without clean water and with nowhere safe to go to the toilet.

Nearly 500 WaterAid volunteers will be campaigning at the festival collecting signatures for the #TheWaterFight petition which calls on the UK Government to make sure that all government plans for schools globally include taps and toilets for every child.

For more information and to support WaterAid’s #TheWaterFight campaign go to: www.wateraid.org/uk/TheWaterFight

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For more information, please contact:

Rosie Stewart in the WaterAid press office on 0207 793 4943 or 077860 52143 [email protected]

Suzy Vickers at the festival on 07748746957

Jo Lehmann at the festival on 07766891359

Notes to Editors:

WaterAid

The Toilet of Dreams was built and installed by www.tactical-Live.com, and the exterior sequined wall donated by www.shimmerwalls.com

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

Some 289,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 800 children each day, or one child every two minutes.

Over 663 million people (around one in ten) are without clean water

Nearly 2.4 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation

For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.

Just £15 can help provide one person with access to clean water.

For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org.