WaterAid’s To be a girl appeal raises £2m

first_img Howard Lake | 11 September 2014 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Celebrity DfID UK Aid Match Individual giving Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:“Every two minutes a girl dies because she does not have clean water or proper sanitation. Millions more have to put the daily trek to the nearest well above going to school, ruining their chances of an education. By matching all public donations to WaterAid’s To be a girl appeal we will help improve health and sanitation for hundreds of thousands of girls around the world, helping them to get an education and giving them hope for a better future.”The UK Government match funding ended on 9 September,but donations can still be made to the To be a girl appeal.center_img To be a girl, international development charity WaterAid’s summer fundraising appeal, has raised £2 million. This is the highest total achieved for a standalone fundraising campaign by the charity. Its original target had been £1 million.Indeed, the final total will be even higher. The UK Government is doubling individuals’ donations as part of its DfID UK Aid Match matched funding programme.The To be a girl campaign highlighted the hardships faced by millions of girls living without access to safe water or somewhere to go to the toilet. It was backed by celebrities including Samantha Barks, Ellie Simmonds, Rachel Stevens, Laura Whitmore, Helen Lederer, Suzi Perry and the cast of Downton Abbey.Switching on the tapsJust last week, as a result of the appeal, the taps were switched on in one community in Madagascar, which had been visited by Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks for the appeal.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]http://youtu.be/Ijhs6YEVCAw[/youtube]On viewing this moment, Barks commented:“The absolute joy on the girls’ faces brought a tear to my eye, their beaming smiles are such a contrast to the pained look I saw on their faces as they heaved the heavy jerrycans of dirty water onto their heads. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that they’ll never have to make that walk to the dirty pond again. Their lives really have been transformed forever.” Advertisement WaterAid’s To be a girl appeal raises £2m  55 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more