Get something done on the dunny this November to help WaterAid save lives

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Laura learning French on the loo
  • WaterAid launches Learn on the Loo fundraiser to support the 2.3 billion people without access to decent toilets 

  • Aussies challenged to learn a new skill with the 8 hours we spend on the loo a month

WaterAid has today announced the launch of its Learn on The Loo fundraising challenge as part of an annual commitment to World Toilet Day.

Learn on the Loo calls on Australians to use their toilet time to memorise, meditate, or master a new skill to raise money for the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities this November.

The challenge aims to raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis facing billions of people across the world, by asking participants to do what they can, on the can.

“Every 2 minutes, a child dies from preventable diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. By improving access to toilets, clean water and good hygiene, WaterAid helps to reduce illness and death and people can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good,” said Rosie Wheen, Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia.

“We know the average Australian spends around 8 hours on the toilet every month, with over 75 per cent admitting to using their phone in the loo. WaterAid challenges Aussies to dedicate this time to learning a new skill from the comfort of their own toilet, from learning a new language to mastering the Rubik’s cube or simply engaging in mindfulness and meditation. Personally, I am still deciding what I will learn, perhaps techniques to improve my memory or practise mediation. 

“As people learn and share their progress with friends, they’ll be raising money to assist disadvantaged communities to access life-changing sanitation in countries such as Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Just $40 could help someone access a decent toilet for the first time,” she said.

Australians of all ages can register for Learn on the Loo online, with registrations now open. Participants are invited to choose how many toilets’ worth they’d like to raise, and ask friends to sponsor their lavatory learning. 

WaterAid has strong backing, with model and television show The Block contestant Elyse Knowles an ambassador for WaterAid and musicians Regurgitator and Polish Club on board to take the Learn on the Loo challenge. WaterAid also works in partnership with ethical toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap, who donate a percentage of their profits to the cause.

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