WaterAid supporter Ringo Starr named Humanitarian of the Year

Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has won an award for his humanitarian work.


3 Sep 2014 | UK

We are delighted that Ringo Starr, legendary Beatles drummer, has been awarded the GQ Humanitarian of the Year award. Ringo has supported WaterAid since 2003 through The Lotus Foundation, which he set up with his wife Barbara. The foundation has donated funds to WaterAid and to date has supported projects in Ghana, Ethiopia, India, Uganda, Ethiopia and Liberia.

Ringo believes passionately that clean water is a human right and his support has ensured that many communities now have access to clean, safe water.

He has also supported WaterAid in other ways. In 2005, Ringo, a keen gardener and regular visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show, was asked to open a garden and to nominate a charity to benefit. He chose WaterAid. He supported us again at the flower show in 2012 and 2013, when he opened gardens highlighting our work in Africa and India.

In 2011, he designed a boot to raise money for WaterAid through a charity auction arranged by clothing company Timberland. There were 75 boots auctioned and they raised nearly $20,000.

The ongoing commitment from Ringo and Barbara has helped transform many lives around the world, and we are extremely grateful to them for their support.