Charity concert raises thousands for water and sanitation in Burkina Faso


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View recent newsCharity concert raises thousands for water and sanitation in Burkina Faso

Cambridge Water is celebrating after its charity concert raised enough cash to enable more than a thousand people gain access to a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

More than £15,600 was raised at the classical music concert which took place at King’s College Chapel in support of WaterAid. The sell-out event featured the combined talents of world-famous mezzo soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers and the highly acclaimed Cambridge University Musical Society. 

All funds raised will go towards helping the people of Burkina Faso – a country where only half the population have access to clean water and fewer still – only 12 per cent - have access to adequate sanitation.

The money could contribute towards sinking boreholes for wells, building school latrines and providing training and equipment for hygiene volunteers. These are tangible benefits that ultimately reduce suffering and save lives.

Handing over the cheque to WaterAid, Stephen Kay, Cambridge Water’s managing director, said: “We are extremely grateful to local businesses, organisations and individuals who bought tickets and made donations at the fundraising event which took place on March 12.

“It is encouraging to see that even during this economic crisis people are still generous enough to dig deep in their pockets and support such a worthy cause.”

Cambridge Water has supported WaterAid for more than 27 years, raising many thousands of pounds for the charity, but this has been its largest fundraising event to date.

Receiving the cheque, Isabelle Herszenhorn, WaterAid’s regional development manager for Midlands and East Anglia, said: “WaterAid is grateful for the support of Cambridge Water and all those who supported the event through purchasing tickets and generously giving donations on the night. The funds raised will contribute to achieving WaterAid’s vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.” 




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