In a more unusual take on charity fundraising, Notre Dame’s Geography Department have recently encouraged everyone at college to think about toilets.
November 19 was World Toilet Day, a date that inspired some of our staff to consider the 1.7 billion people who don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet. They decided to raise money and twin one of our college toilets with a family’s household latrine in a vulnerable community. Toilet Twinning, a concept conceived by charity Cord (a peace and reconciliation NGO), helps to fund projects so that families can build basic toilets, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives.
The Geography Department ran a cake stall, a raffle, and also Chicken Poo Bingo, raising an impressive £123.
Head of Geography Lisa Hotchkin said, “Thank you to our staff and students for your support. We have raised enough to provide two safe toilets.”
Please note: Notre Dame is committed to helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The activities described above match Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation and Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities. Visit our website for more details.