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WaterAid supporter George receives a Points of Light award

George Rosenfeld, 16, has received a prestigious Points of Light award after raising awareness and nearly £150,000 for our work around the world.

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14 Jul 2015

We're sending huge congratulations to our supporter George Rosenfeld, who has been awarded a Points of Light award for raising awareness – and almost £150,000 – for our work with the world's poorest communities.

The award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Every day, someone in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their achievements.

A fantastic advocate

16-year-old George first started supporting WaterAid four years ago, when he held a host of fundraising events in the run-up to his Bar Mitzvah, including a series of quiz nights and a raffle, raising £13,000.

Since then, George has campaigned to make us his school's charity of the year, held a 24-hour fishathon, supported our work with action/2015 and even established a singing group with his friends called The 4 Sons – whose charity CD, recorded in 2012, sold over 1,000 copies for the group's chosen charities: WaterAid, Chai Cancer Care and Emunah.

George is also a committed volunteer and regularly speaks to our supporters and schools about his experiences – including his trip to Zambia, where he saw first-hand the difference his fundraising has made in securing access to clean water and safe toilets.

George Rosenfeld with Barbara Frost and Rachel Stevens.
George Rosenfeld with WaterAid ambassador Rachel Stevens (far left) and our CEO Barbara Frost.
Credit: WaterAid/Zoe Norfolk

"George is passionately committed to a world without poverty where everyone has access to safe water to drink and decent sanitation," says Barbara Frost, WaterAid's Chief Executive.

"He has been a tireless supporter of our work and is a fantastic advocate and public speaker. I am incredibly proud of all he has achieved."

Making it happen for taps and toilets

George received the Points of Light award from Samantha Cameron at a reception for WaterAid, held in Downing Street.

The reception was held the day before we presented 115,056 petition signatures to the UK Government, to support a standalone goal on water and sanitation when the UN nation states sign up to the Sustainable Development Goals in September.

Read more about our petition here >