Carry the can for Nailsea Ugandan Water Project

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By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 16:35

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink...

That is not if you are one of the dozen Nailsea people who have signed-up to carry a water can all week for charity.

The sponsored seven day stunt from Monday to Monday, November 19-26 is to raise awareness and money for the Nailsea Uganda Water Project.

Watch out for the 12 good men and women carrying the bright yellow jerry can while out town centre shopping or on an early morning run.

The Rev Jolyon Trickey, of Holy Trinity, was on a seven mile dawn jog on Saturday carrying two jerry cans filled with nearly seven kilos of water.

However, after 24 minutes he ran out of puff and was obliged to ask two fellow joggers to take turns carrying the second can.

Mr Trickey said: "It is hot work but worth the effort."

Others joining in are Bob Clatworthy, Judith Codrington, Alan Cook, Martin Elford, Carol Henderson, Clare Hunt, Paul James and Judith Winter.

People had the choice of carrying a four or six pint painted plastic milk bottle and the object is to emulate the daily struggle of those who have to walk miles every day to collect clean water.

The Nailsea Uganda Water Project was launched this September as a community initiative to raise £90,000 in three years to support 20,000 Ugandan people living in rural poverty to obtain a clean, sustainable water supply and basic sanitation.

The idea is to build storage tanks to collect rainwater in the African countryside.

It was back in 1906 that the first piped water came to Nailsea. 

Now 100 years later the goal is to provide safe water as a gift from Nailsea to those who need it in Uganda. 

Councillors, schools, churches and businesses are backing the scheme which is seen as a a millennium goal. 

As well as the fundraising launch with balloons and competitions there has been a harvest supper and town centre stalls selling branded jewellery and T-shirts.

The group will be at the Christmas farmers market at Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Saturday, December 15.

  •  If you see a person carrying the yellow water can this week please stop them and ask for a sponsorship form or make a donation by texting NUWP35£ (donation amount) to 70070.



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