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Imagine walking miles every day to collect water

We asked people to try out carrying 20 kilo jerry cans of water so they could experience for themselves the hardship faced every single day by women and children in some of the world's poorest countries.

9 Aug 2013

Residents of the North West and Yorkshire may have found themselves being greeted by friendly taps and toilets over the last few days - all part of a WaterAid campaign to thank them for their continued support and to raise awareness of the importance of clean, safe water in transforming lives.

Olympic diver Rebecca Gallentree helped us thank them for their support and bring to life why their commitment is so incredibly important: "We're enjoying a really hot summer and it's impossible to imagine life without clean water for washing and drinking. In poor countries, water is the one thing that changes everything."

People in Hull, Leeds and Salford were asked to carry 20 kilo jerry cans of water so they could experience for themselves the unbelievable hardship faced every single day by women and children in some of the world's poorest countries.

Over the last year, supporters in the North West and Yorkshire have raised over £11 million for water, equivalent to transforming the lives of more than 741,000 people by providing a supply of clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene.

WaterAid supporter Irene Crow told BBC Manchester why she was taking part: "Women and children in some of the world's poorest communities walk up to four or five hours a day, over tough terrain in soaring temperatures just to collect water for their families. Often this water is from an unprotected source and causes illness and in some cases, even death. Imagine the difference a clean, safe water source close to home would make to these families.

"Just £15 can be enough to provide one person with clean water and safe sanitation for life, which really brings into focus the huge difference a donation can make."

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