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All aboard the good ship WaterAid!

Festival goers at Bestival supported our petition calling on clean water and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

13 Sep 2013

It was all aboard the good ship WaterAid this weekend as we took our Pump up the volume petition to the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight.

This is the second year that WaterAid has had a presence at the festival, which celebrated its tenth birthday in spectacular style this year.

Festival-goers got into the spirit of the nautical-themed event with some spectacular naval costumes. Shipmates, pirates, sailors and even the odd crab experienced what it's like not to have your own tap or toilet for a few days - so they were more than happy to sign our Pump up the volume petition and support the millions of people who have never had access to these vital basics.

Some of you were even game enough to  have your photo taken at the WaterAid stand dressed as a tap, toilet or human poo. When combined with the nautical fancy dress theme, this led to some slightly surreal photographs! You can see the results on Facebook here >

As well as talking to people about our work at the stand, WaterAid speaker Sandy Strallen talked about water and sanitation at Bestiversity - Bestival's area for discussion and debate:

We also met Bestival's Environmental Manager, Kate Jackman, to find out more about the link between taps, toilets and music festivals:

And of course we loved meeting all 3,000 of you who signed our petition! Thank you so much for your support. Now it's anchors aweigh for New York, where we're proud to be taking your voice to the UN General Assembly at the end of September. We'll tell world leaders that you want to live in a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water to drink and a safe place to go the toilet.

Here's why: a world where everyone, everywhere had safe water, sanitation and hygiene would be healthier, better nourished, better educated, more equal and more productive. Thanks to you, we could be one step closer to making that world possible.