Surviving Just Water

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Challenge dates:
1-31 January 2021
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Ways to beat your cravings

Just Water is no easy feat, but we've got all the tips, tricks and advice you need to get through it!

Tips and tricks

There’s no two ways about it – this is a hard challenge. But that’s exactly why you should power on through, because by doing something so tough, you’ll be able to raise money and help transform lives around the world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

This winter your fundraising is supporting communities like Frat in Ethiopia, where clean water has always been out of reach and the weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable - putting their livelihoods at risk.

Hawa, the local women's group leader, is one of Frat's powerhouses. She's incredibly passionate about improving her local area and is never afraid to speak her mind. She's committed to doing anything she can to get clean water for her community.

Hawa in Frat, Ethiopia.
WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

This winter, with your support, donations from the UK public will help families like Hawa's in Frat get the reliable water supply they need to protect their lives and livelihoods, no matter what our changing climate brings. 

What's more, cutting back on caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol for four weeks, and instead giving your body more of the good stuff, you'll give yourself a fantastic health kick. Over the years we've had many people report that after the first week or so, they find themselves with much more energy too!

Keep going, you've got this.

We know there’s bound to be special occasions, or certain days where the temptation to sneak a mouthful of something other than H2O will be hard to bear. So to help you out, ask somebody to buy you a ‘Raise a Glass’ pass.

By donating to your fundraising efforts, they can buy you some time off from the challenge:

  • Donate £24 for 24 hours off
  • Donate £48 for a whole weekend off

C’mon, you know this one… water. Just water. That means no coffee or tea, no booze, no juice and no fizzy pop.

It’s still water, so as long as it’s not flavoured, go for it.

This one’s a bit of a grey area, but the test is whether you consider it a meal or a drink.

If the answer is a meal, then fill your boots – we don’t want you to go without! But if the answer is a drink, like a smoothie with your toast in the morning, then you’ll need to swap it for a glass of good old-fashioned water.

Take our test above. Is it a meal or a drink? We’ll leave the answer up to you...

Yes, but only if it’s fresh fruit or herbs in their natural state. We've put together some of our favourite 'water cocktails' for you to try.

In a large pitcher, add 5 cups of water, one cup of ice and any of the following...

Strawberry, basil and lemon:

  • ½ cup strawberries stemmed and sliced
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced

Blackberries, orange and ginger:

  • ½ pint blackberries
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • 1 (2 inch) piece of ginger peeled and thinly sliced

Blueberry, lemon and rosemary:

  • ½ pint blueberries
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Grapefruit, pomegranate and mint:

  • 1 grapefruit thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 mint leaves torn

Of course! We have an official Just Water Facebook group, full of your team mates going through the same challenge. Why not join to meet others, share advice and words of encouragement, and even be in with the chance of winning some cool prizes?

Raise a Glass Pass

Got a special occasion coming up, or just desperate for some respite? By donating to your fundraising efforts, a very thoughtful friend or family member can buy you some time off from the challenge. A pass costs either:

  • £24 for 24 hours off
  • £48 for a whole weekend off

To request a donation for a day off, you can download our 'glass pass' badge and post it on your social media or fundraising page.

Fundraising low-down

When you registered for Just Water you may have created a JustGiving fundraising page. This is the best and easiest way to collect money you raise for the challenge - just share the link to it with your friends and family on social media, email, or messenger. If you didn't set one up, make sure you do now!

There are loads of other ways you can raise money too, like donating the money you would otherwise have spent on your morning coffees of after work pints. Or you could hold a virtual fundraising event, such as a zoom quiz night or virtual cookery session. If you're not sure what to do, we've created a handy fundraising ideas generator to help you decide.

The easiest place to collect sponsorship is on a Just Giving page, which is an online sponsorship platform. It’s the easiest way to fundraise, and all donations from Just Giving go directly to WaterAid.

This year, when you fundraise for Just Water, you'll be supporting our winter appeal Future on Tap.

Together we will bring clean water to 50,000 people across Ethiopia, so they can build a better future for themselves and generations to come.

And with funding from the UK government, we will reach even more communities in Ethiopia who are on the frontline of climate change with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. 

The money you raise for Just Water will count as a donation to our Future on Tap appeal. If you give before 4 February 2021 your donation will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2 million, making double the difference in communities across Ethiopia.

Together, we will raise £3 million, and the UK government will match £2 million of your donations, bringing clean water to 50,000 people in Ethiopia and thousands more around the world, helping them change their own lives, forever.​

Even the smallest amount you raise will go a huge way to bringing clean water to people in Ethiopia and around the world. Skipping just a couple of coffees, a few pints, or a protein shake or two and donating the money could be life-changing:

  • £40 could train someone in how to manage water supply
  • £100 could buy one steel pipe for a water pump
  • £140 could pay for a solar panel for a water pump
  • £500 could fund 50m of pipe

If you're a taxpayer in the UK you can claim Gift Aid on any donation. Gift Aid increases the value of your donation by 25%.

For many, January’s a time to focus on health and wellbeing. Just Water provides a great opportunity for people to do the ultimate detox while raising money to give others the gift of clean water. Those taking on the challenge can still support local pubs, restaurants and cafes by eating out with friends and family, and can put the money they would have spent on drinks towards other treats.

Get in touch

Remember, we're here to help you every sip of the way.

Join our official Facebook group for tips and advice from us and your Just Water team mates. PLUS, we'll even be doing some exclusive prize giveaways to keep you motivated!

If you've got a question you can also drop us a line on  and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Please note: for most people drinking more water can only be a good thing, but if you're worried about how it might affect you please consult your doctor.



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