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Brothers net £1000s with 24 hour fishathon

Teenager George Rosenfeld and his younger brother Joseph help to raise thousands with a 24-hour fishathon held over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

8 May 2013

George, 14, and Joseph, 12, brought together nearly 50 of their classmates to take part in a mass fishing fundraising feat in Sussex. Many of those involved had never picked up a rod before.

Joseph, a keen angler, said: “The fishathon was very tiring, but enjoyable and most people managed to catch fish. George caught 35 and I caught 25. It was great that we raised so much money for WaterAid and hopefully we may organise a similar event next year.”  

George commented: “Joseph is obsessed with fishing but I've never understood what makes it at all appealing for him, so I thought that I should step out of my comfort zone to help save lives all around the world.”

The charity fishing event was supported by the Environment AgencyThames 21 and the Angling Trust, and first time anglers were assisted by four London-based qualified angling coaches. See pictures of the event in our gallery below.

George has previously raised £16,500 for WaterAid, having chosen to support us for his Bar Mitzvah year. In April, he visited Zambia to see how his fundraising efforts are helping transform lives through access to safe water and sanitation.

He said: “The moment that will stay with me the most was when a girl said to me: 'When I wake up, I worry about if I will live or if the water will kill me.' ”

Across the world 2,000 children die every single day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and inadequate sanitation. With safe water close to home, children can spend less time in hospital and less time collecting or queuing for water and more time in school getting an education.

Victoria Rouse, Community Fundraising Manager at WaterAid, said: “It’s been inspiring to meet young people who have become so passionate about our vision of a world where everyone has safe water to drink and access to improved sanitation.

“We work with over 70,000 school children in the UK each year to help inspire and educate them about water and sanitation. Many of them, just like George, go on to support our vital work, to enable some of the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and improved hygiene.”