Ros­aleen helps Make It Hap­pen at mu­sic fes­ti­vals

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A Ruther­glen woman is tak­ing her char­ity mes­sage to Scot­land’s big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­val af­ter caus­ing a splash at Glastonbury.

For­mer Trin­ity High pupil Ros­aleen Kelly (37) has worked as a com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­vi­sor for WaterAid for the past three years.

Ros­aleen, who was brought up on Wood­side Av­enue, was at the Som­er­set fes­ti­val last month to pro­mote WaterAid’s Make It Hap­pen cam­paign, and she’ll be do­ing the same at T in the Park this week­end at its new home in Strathal­lan.

The Make it Hap­pen cam­paign wants to en­sure ev­ery­one in the world has ac­cess to safe wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion. The char­ity aims to col­lect 100,000 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion to ask the UK Gov­ern­ment to make sure the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals in­cludes a tar­get to reach ev­ery­one, ev­ery­where with taps and toi­lets by 2030

At Glastonbury, Ros­aleen helped gather an im­pres­sive 46,166 sig­na­tures for the pe­ti­tion.

As well as cam­paign­ing, Ros­aleen and her fel­low WaterAid vol­un­teers handed out drink­ing wa­ter to fes­ti­val­go­ers, col­lected rub­bish for re­cy­cling, and manned the toi­lets.

Each WaterAid vol­un­teer worked shifts of four to six hours a day – the same amount of time many in the de­vel­op­ing world spend col­lect­ing wa­ter.

She was also help­ing to run ShePee – a fe­male uri­nal which saves ladies hav­ing to queue for busy por­taloos and looked af­ter the “loo with a view”. This high­lighted the lack of pri­vacy which many face as they have nowhere safe and pri­vate to go to the loo.

Ros­aleen says a mu­sic fes­ti­val can be the ideal place to raise aware­ness of Wa­ter Aid’s goals.

She said: “There’s 2.5 bil­lion peo­ple in the world who don’t have any­where safe or pri­vate to go to the toi­let. A fes­ti­val is a good place as it high­lights, to an ex­tent, the prob­lems many peo­ple face that we just take for granted.

“In fes­ti­vals you’re al­ways thirsty and a lot of the time need the toi­let, but there’s usu­ally a lack of places to go! These are the prob­lems peo­ple face in the de­vel­op­ing world, but much worse and on a daily ba­sis.

“Oth­er­wise peo­ple go be­hind trees and that’s bad for the en­vi­ron­ment and ac­tu­ally threat­ens the fes­ti­val as it can harm the wa­ter sup­ply.

“It’s a great feel­ing to know that we’ve re­ally made an im­pact – with all those sig­na­tures, we can ex­pect our gov­ern­ment to use their in­flu­ence to en­sure the UN makes wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion a pri­or­ity for all.”

De­spite work­ing hard, Ros­aleen did man­age to catch some of the acts: “We saw Paul Weller and Kanye West. We were danc­ing while we worked on the Satur­day night to the Who as well!

Over­all Ros­aleen was de­lighted with the re­sponse from Glastonbury, and is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing their mes­sage to Scot­land’s big­gest fes­ti­val this week­end: “For the last few years we have done the same at T in the Park and fes­ti­val- go­ers are al­ways keen to help when they hear about the chal­lenges that mil­lions of peo­ple across the world face ev­ery day.

“We haven’t worked out the shifts at T yet, but I’d quite like to see Avicii and maybe Noel Gal­lagher!”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to: www.wateraid.org/makeithap­pen.

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