Couple head to Glastonbury to rally support for WaterAid

15:44 24 June 2014

Caroline Rigby and Brian Johnson from Stockland will be heading to Glastonbury Festival this weekend to support WaterAid.

Caroline Rigby and Brian Johnson from Stockland will be heading to Glastonbury Festival this weekend to support WaterAid.

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A Stockland couple will be heading to Glastonbury Festival to rally support for WaterAid and the charity’s call to world leaders improve access to safe, clean water and improved sanitation for women and girls.

Caroline Rigby and her husband Brian Johnson will be working in the re-cycling team alongside an army of 200 WaterAid volunteers making a splash on Worthy Farm this year.

Volunteers will be giving out drinking water to festival-goers, collecting rubbish for recycling, and manning the She Pees tents and the African pit latrines – the quickest and most hygienic places to go to the toilet on site.

WaterAid will be leading the campaign at the music event this weekend and hope to get 35,000 signatures for its Change the Record petition, calling on governments to making water and sanitation a priority when they meet at the United Nations this September, and transforming the lives of women and girls. They will be leading the campaign at Glastonbury.

Caroline and Brian said “We are really proud to have been selected to represent WaterAid at Glastonbury. Access to safe water and improved sanitation really can transform lives. This will be a great opportunity to get fellow festival-goers thinking about the realities of life without safe water and toilets and to help engage thousands of people in such an important cause we feel strongly about.”

Caroline is a community choir leader working in Somerset, who has supported WaterAid for 10 years through Sing for Water, and has helped raise thousands of pounds for WaterAid. Her husband Brian has worked in desert and mountain regions of the Middle East, where simply gathering the basics for life, like water and food can take enormous amounts of time and effort and knows at first-hand how important the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene can be when you are poor.

Each volunteer works shifts of four to six hours a day – the same amount of time many women and girls in the developing world spend collecting water, leaving little time for education.

Young women often have to drop out of school altogether when they hit puberty if there isn’t anywhere private to go to the loo. With no choice but to go out in the open, millions of women and girls face an increased risk of assault, sexual harassment and animal attacks.

For more information and to help Change the Record visit www.wateraid.org/changetherecord

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