A WEARSIDE firm has smashed its festive charity target.
Washington-based water cooler company AquAid, which supplies water coolers and dispensers to offices, homes and schools across the region, donates a percentage of each sale to help provide fresh water to people in Third World countries.
Husband and wife Gordon and Emir Dobson have headed up their AquAid franchise for almost 10 years, during which time thirsty customers have helped to raise £136,873 for the Pump Aid and Christian Aid charities, simply by drinking AquAid water.
AquAid’s charitable work also includes supplying water to the Sunderland Street Pastors, who patrol the city centre at weekends to help those who have had too much to drink or are left feeling vulnerable.
“We had hoped to break our target of £130,000 this year but our latest audited accounts have just revealed that with the help of our customers we have actually donated more than £136,000,” said Gordon.
“This is fantastic news and it just goes to show that water coolers can help to save lives.
“Each water cooler we site for a customer can raise enough money to bring two children in Africa water for the rest of their lives and it is a great way for local businesses and schools to help others in need.
“The money raised is used to buy water pumps, which can literally mean the difference between life and death. It’s estimated that a staggering 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.”
The Washington-based AquAid franchise covers an area from the Tyne down to North Yorkshire and across to County Durham and is part of a national network that has raised about two million pounds for Christian Aid.
Loretta Minghella, director of Christian Aid, said: “Aquaid’s donations have enabled people in some of the world’s poorest communities to grow more food, access cleaner drinking water and build better sanitation systems. ”
Anyone wanting more information about AquAid and how they can support its charitable work can contact the firm on 416 1555.