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Chair of Northern Ireland WaterAid Committee awarded an MBE

Frank Mervyn Stewart from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, has received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his voluntary service to the community and WaterAid in Northern Ireland.

21 Jun 2016

Frank has been supporting WaterAid since 1984. The 64-year-old is the current Chair of the Northern Ireland WaterAid Committee, which recently reached the incredible £2 million mark in its fundraising.

Following his award, Frank explained his motivation for supporting WaterAid's vision of a world where everyone everywhere has access to safe, clean water.

“My work in the Northern Ireland water industry gave me an appreciation of the benefits a clean water supply can bring, not only for survival day-to-day, but for long-term economic prosperity."

"The simple aims of WaterAid to provide water for the world’s poorest people seemed a good answer to a big problem, providing sustainable cost-effective infrastructure."

Speaking about his memories as a WaterAid supporter, Frank remembered a formative trip to Ghana in 1999: "I witnessed the problems of not having clean water or safe sanitation, and the difference that these essentials for life can make," he said.

"New wells and simple toilets transformed the lives of people there, facilities that we mostly take for granted."

"In accepting this honour, the work of the WaterAid NI Committee and supporters is acknowledged, and I’d like to express my sincere thanks for their commitment and dedication to the charity’s cause,” Frank added.

Congratulations, Frank!

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