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Free talks for Kirklees, Bradford, Calderdale and Leeds schools

To help Kirklees, Bradford, Calderdale and Leeds schools prepare for the Autumn term, Yorkshire Water are offering them a free educational talk or workshop to teach pupils how some poorer countries still don’t have access to safe water and sanitation.

The talks form part of our ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ campaign with international charity WaterAid. This aims to deliver clean water and toilets for 170,000 households across Ethiopia.

To help communicate the important message, colleagues from the business are volunteering to deliver educational talks at Yorkshire schools and youth groups to highlight the importance of access to clean water and toilets and, hopefully, raise money for the campaign.

We aim to raise £1m by 2020 and bring an end to the unnecessary deaths caused by dirty water.

Anne Reed, corporate social responsibility manager said: “We have great partnerships with lots of schools and youth organisations across the region and deliver some really interesting and engaging talks for them. Our volunteer speakers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and can really get them message across to pupils that access to clean water and sanitation is a life and death situation. We often don’t really just how lucky we are in the UK to not have to worry about such basic things.”

“Our dream is that by 2030 everyone will have a tap and everywhere will have a toilet and I would encourage schools to help us spread this message. If you are interested in booking a talk, please visit our Big Wish page."

Over the last two years, Yorkshire Water and our partners have raised £433,188 for WaterAid to support its work in Ethiopia.

In June 2015 we sent three experts to Ethiopia to share their expertise with the Ethiopian Minister of Water and Irrigation and managers from twenty Water Utilities. The trio spent nine days in Ethiopia advising on water quality, leakage detection and asset management and their actions have helped to transform the lives of many.

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