At World Travel Market 2017 international water development charity Just a Drop will launch a fundraising campaign to help bring clean safe water to Ugandan schoolchildren.

The Clean Water for Uganda campaign aims to provide 30 biosand filters to three Ugandan schools, bringing clean safe water to 1,279 pupils and their teachers. The campaign aims to raise £1,980 and will run throughout the event with every donation towards the campaign to be matched by WTM, doubling the impact of each donation.

Donations can be made via the charity’s website or in person at stand N1/S1 on the Main Boulevard, which will feature an interactive, working biosand filter.

Fiona Jeffery OBE, the charity’s founder and chairman, said: “Just a Drop was launched at WTM in 1998 and key to the charity’s endurance and growth has been the development of successful strategic shared-value partnerships with travel sector companies. These partnerships have worked two ways; firstly fulfilling our partners’ business needs, whether engaging with employees, satisfying environmental considerations or utilising Just a Drop’s knowledge of the social challenges of developing and working in new markets; and secondly transforming lives across the globe with clean, safe water and sanitation.”

This year will see the return of ‘This Bottle is a Lifesaver’ fundraising initiative. Reusable water bottles will be available for a £3 donation from the Just a Drop stand, with free water refills available from various water stations located around the fair. Water stations this year include Affordable Car Hire, Air Europa and Skål International.

Pictured at last years event, Marathon man Chevy Kelly helped raise more than £1,500 running three marathons over three days on the tread mill for the charity. The  donations received last year have helped support 437 children at Norah Junior School, Uganda with clean water, latrines, handwashing facilities and hygiene and sanitation education. Healthier and happier, the children are spending more time in school and looking forward to brighter futures.

To find out more or to make a donation visit justadrop.org

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