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JLS star Oritsé launches WaterAid's 'watergraphs' for World Water Day

Oritsé Williams and a whole host of celebrities, including Simon Pegg, Ronnie Wood and Joanna Lumley, lend their 'watergraphs' to support WaterAid.

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20 Mar 2014

JLS founder Oritsé Williams made waves in London's Canary Wharf today by adding his name as the first ‘watergraph’ to be displayed on our striking wall of water, ahead of World Water Day, Saturday 22 March.

Oritsé’s ‘watergraph’ joined those of a whole host of other celebrities, including Simon Pegg, Ronnie Wood, Joanna Lumley, Ellie Simmonds, Richard E Grant, Rachel Stevens and Warwick Davis.

The UK's first ever interactive Aquascript, a 10-metre by 5-metre flowing wall of words revealed in cascading water, displayed the names of those calling for a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water by 2030.

Image of Oritse's name on the AquaScript
Photographer credit: WaterAid/ James McCauley

Oritsé, who visited our work in Uganda with JLS in 2012, said: "In the UK, we take water for granted, so it's hard to imagine that one in seven children around the world have no choice but to rely on water so dirty it could kill them.

“In Uganda, I met kids who regularly missed school after getting sick from drinking dirty water, or dropped out altogether because there was nowhere safe and private to go to the toilet. It's a tragedy that children are missing out on their education because they don't have access to water and sanitation, which is why I'm proud to support WaterAid's mission to bring safe, clean water to everyone, everywhere by 2030."

At the launch, Oritsé also teamed up with the award-winning UK green poet Martin Kiszko to help teach children about the global water crisis.

Martin gave an energetic performance of his poem 'Water Walk' to a class of school children from Torridon Junior School, Catford, in front of the dramatic water backdrop.

Martin said: "It’s hard to believe that every single day, 2,000 children die from unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. Water is a life-saver and a life-changer but it’s something we easily take for granted. Poetry is a great way to get important issues across in a humorous and succinct way and my poems are aimed at encouraging children to consider the world around them."

Get involved - add your 'watergraph'

Pledge your support for a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030, and watch your name appear on our giant waterfall throughout 19 and 20 March.

Just add your name to our online form or tweet it using the hashtag #EveryoneEverywhere.

The activity was sponsored by the HSBC Water Programme, which is supporting WaterAid in a five-year programme to help reach 1.1 million people with safe water and 1.9 million with sanitation in South Asia; Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana.

Find out more about World Water Day 2014 >