Students to transform lives in bid for water and sanitation

Students from Anglia Ruskin University are organising a charity auction and dinner to support WaterAid’s work.


6 Mar 2014

Five enterprising students from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge are organising a charity auction and dinner at the prestigious Downing College to support WaterAid’s lifesaving work in rural Zambia. 

Among the items going under the hammer at Bid for Water 2014 on Saturday 29 March are House of Commons Whiskey and jockey breeches signed by Frankie Detori. 

The glamorous event is the brainchild of Jonathan Davies, Jenny Fox, Ben Geering, Karina Karalova and Carwyn Willis, all third-year undergraduate students at the Angela Ruskin University in Cambridge, and is being sponsored by Suttons & Robertsons of St Albans. Rather than choosing a business project for their dissertations, the students decided to put their efforts into organising this exciting fundraising event.

Jenny has recently returned from Africa having completed a fundraising challenge climbing Kilimanjaro, which provided the inspiration behind the Bid for Water fundraising event

She said: "I thought I'd considered most eventualities, expecting conditions to be harsh in comparison to the UK. I realised while I was there, that I had not estimated the overwhelming impact of not having access to many of the basic amenities that we take for granted back here in the UK. On returning, I felt compelled to raise awareness of how we can be easily become detached from the harsh reality that millions of people worldwide face each day, living without access to amenities such as clean water and sanitation and I approached some fellow students to arrange a charity event."

Carwyn added: "There are currently over 768 million people in the world without access to safe water, having a huge impact on their health, education and livelihoods. We are trying to make as big a difference to the lives of those people as we can through Bid for Water, which is set to be a night of pure gastronomy, spectacular wine, entertainment and of course the chance to bid on some money can’t buy items."

All the money raised will go to help improve access to clean water and improved sanitation in Monze, Zambia – a country where over a third of people have no choice but to drink dirty water and over a half the population have little or no sanitation. The lack of these basic services leads to the death of 5,000 children every year.

Lucy Cover, from WaterAid, said: "It can cost just £15 to ensure one person has lasting access to clean safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene, and so the money raised by the students in this exciting event will make a huge difference."

Those planning to attend the event include the Mayor of Cambridge, Paul Saunders and Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge.

Local businesses are invited to get on board with the project either through offering a rare or unusual item 'that money can't buy' for the auction, which is being run by Bonhams Auction House, or by becoming a well-publicised event sponsor.

If you are interested in getting involved in the event, contact 07826423830 or [email protected]. Tickets start at £65 and tables of 10 for £550. To order your ticket(s) please visit: