Dress down day raises char­ity cash for Wa­ter Aid

The Oban Times - - News -

KINLOCHLEVEN High School’s eco com­mit­tee held a fundrais­ing dress down day for Wa­ter Aid.

The chil­dren raised more than £100 to help pro­vide clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in de­prived coun­tries.

Head teacher Re­becca Machin said in Septem­ber 2015, 193 world lead­ers agreed to 17 global goals for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. If these goals were com­pleted, it would mean an end to ex­treme poverty, inequal­ity and cli­mate change by 2030.

These 17 goals are now built into the Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful eco-schools pro­gramme.

‘I thought it was a great idea,’ said Mrs Machin. ‘In Scot­land we take clean, read­ily avail­able wa­ter for granted. Yet san­i­ta­tion has prob­a­bly done more to im­prove the qual­ity of life and hu­man life ex­pectancy than any kind of medicine or surgery.

‘By or­gan­is­ing something sim­ple like a dress down day, we were able con­trib­ute £116.65 to this won­der­ful char­ity. This could pay for 58 wa­ter sys­tem tool­kits or 23 tube wells, a re­ally sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to a global prob­lem. Lit­tle things can make a big dif­fer­ence.’

Naomi Han­nah (S3) and Katie Higgins (S3) with the char­ity’s cheque.

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