Nine amazing things you've done for girls around the world

This summer, we want to rewrite the story for thousands of girls around the world who don’t have access to clean water and safe toilets – and thanks to you, we’re already well on our way.


1 Aug 2014 | UK

This summer, you've shown just how passionate, motivated and determined you are to get clean water and safe toilets to girls around the world. And, by raising money for our To be a girl appeal, you've literally made double the difference – because every donation we receive by 9 September will be matched, pound for pound, by the UK Government.

Here are just a few of the incredible things you've done:

1. Held a loom band sale

It was Solo's story that inspired seven-year-old Rosa-May and her friends to raise money for To be a girl. They sold loom bands at school and raised a brilliant £23.65, then shared this amazing letter with us. (Credit: @StokeyAnna)

Rosa-May's letter to WaterAid

2. Put on an opera

When Miranda, Annie and Hilary from the Rutland WaterAid group needed to boost their RideLondon cycle challenge sponsorship money, they decided to do something different – and held an opera show, pushing their fundraising total to an impressive £2,479. (Credit: WaterAid)

Miranda, Annie and Hilary's opera show

3. Shared your #measagirl photos

When we asked you to share photos of yourself (or your daughter, sister, mother or grandmother) as a girl, we got an amazing response - including these super-cute snaps from Robyn and Kelly at Marie Claire. (Credit: Marie Claire)

Marie Claire staff as girls

4. Run 5k – at age 5

At just five years old, Lana decided to take on a challenge for WaterAid that many adults wouldn't be brave enough to sign up for – a 5k run! "She found the run pretty tough, but her little five-year-old legs pushed through," says her mum Marion. "The photo of Lana with her medal after crossing the finish line shows how happy and proud she was to complete the race." (Credit: Marion Wurr)

Lana shows off her medal

5. Signed up to Run to the Beat

When conversation in the office turned to 10k race Run to the Beat, our Media Officer Hannah Wilkinson knew she couldn't ignore the signs any longer – and decided to take part for WaterAid herself. Find out what inspired her and read her top tips for getting race ready here. Credit: WaterAid

Hannah in her WaterAid running vest

6. Thrown water over yourselves

In July (before the Ice Bucket Challenge took off), when we saw videos of people tipping cold water over their heads for WaterAid, we weren’t immediately sure what was going on. Then we found out about the deaf community’s cold water challenge – so we made this sort clip to say thank you:

7. Carried water for 2.8km

To begin to understand what girls around the world go through when it comes to carrying water, members of the Harpenden Girl Guides, Scouts and Methodist Church collected water from the River Lea and carried it for 2.8km - raising £2,500 in the process. (Credit: WaterAid)

The Harpenden community carry water for To be a girl

8. Baked cakes for your classmates

These four school friends knew they wanted to help girls around the world when they read about To be a girl in the youth newspaper First News. So they got baking, and organised and advertised their very own cake sale, raising just over £60 and having lots of fun along the way. (Credit: Claire Kennedy)

Four schoolgirls laugh together at their cake stand for To be a girl

9. Rowed across the Pacific

Team Boatylicious aren’t just taking on any old challenge. They’re the only all-female four rowing across the Pacific in ‘the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet’, braving 40-foot waves, physical pain and psychological exhaustion to raise money for WaterAid, Hope and Homes for Children and The Ahoy Centre. You can support Aoife, Amanda, Ingrid and Emily’s challenge here. (Credit: @boatylicious4)

Team Boatylicious

Feeling inspired? There’s still time to add your fundraising challenge to the list and transform girls’ lives around the world. Find out more about our To be a girl appeal and get our top tips for starting your fundraising here >