WasteAid UK, the charity set up to tackle the global waste crisis, is promoting a week of fundraising activities from 7 to 13 November 2016.
WasteAid UK shares recycling knowledge and skills with communities in the developing world where there are no waste management services, helping people turn waste into wealth.
Mike Webster of WasteAid UK said: “This is the first WasteAid Week and we’re inviting everyone to take part so we can make a positive global impact. Whatever activity you choose, the money you raise will help spread decent waste management skills around the world.”
So far this year, WasteAid supporters have climbed a mountain, cycled 70 miles and even jumped out of a plane! WasteAid have produced a fundraisers’ pack with an A-Z of activity ideas, sponsorship forms, a fundraisers’ toolkit and a poster for promoting WasteAid events, which can be downloaded from www.wasteaid.org.uk/get-involved.
Zoë Lenkiewicz of WasteAid UK said: “We’re aiming to have dozens of events take place in the Week for WasteAid, all raising funds to help improve waste management globally. We’re inviting you to help us make a big noise and let the world know that waste matters!
“If you’re organising an event in your workplace or community, let us know by firstname.lastname@example.org and tweeting your event with the hashtag #wastematters.”
A special fundraising page has been set up for the Week for WasteAid on JustGiving.
A little support goes a long way
Research has shown that for every £1 invested in waste management in developing countries, up to £10 is saved in improved health, livelihoods and flood prevention.
Mike Webster added: “Half the world’s waste isn’t properly managed. Open dumping and burning of waste causes serious health problems, as well as contributing to global mega-issues like marine plastics and climate change. That’s why sharing simple waste management and recycling skills is hugely worthwhile and a very affordable approach.”
WasteAid UK works in partnership with community organisations in countries where waste management services are woefully lacking. They raise awareness of the importance of waste management, in particular for people’s health and well-being. They also share simple recycling techniques that enable people to become self-employed recycling entrepreneurs.
· For more information about WasteAid UK please visit: www.wasteaid.org.uk
· The main WasteAid UK page on JustGiving is: https://www.justgiving.com/wasteaiduk(Please note this is different from the WasteAid Week event page.)
· See The Guardian article on WasteAid’s project in the Gambia:http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/sep/18/the-gambia-recycling-innovation-centre-womens-initiative