...and not a drop to drink.
While much of the internet community is pouring buckets of iced water over themselves (while hopefully donating to charity and learning something about ALS / Motor Neuron Disease) there is another aspect of water and charity that I signed up for a few weeks ago that starts next week.
Anyone who knows me or reads this knows that I have spent a fair bit of time in India for work and holiday in the last few years, one of the few things I miss about my last job is the free time I had while working there! While there and since I have tried to do what little I can to help individuals and people there and that is why Frank Water grabbed my eye at WOMAD festival. A small charity that focuses on water, and the impact that access to safe water has on all of India.
Even in areas I visited in India, toilets were rare, and running water was visibly not clear. Bathing, washing clothes and pots in the same water used to defecate in seems incomprehensible to almost anyone reading this, as we have all had showers, baths, drinks and put the washing machine and dishwasher on in the last day.
In his Independence Day speech the Indian PM, Narendra Modi made reference to getting toilets installed in all homes and schools in four years, an honourable comment, but so unfeasible that it is hard to take it seriously. The millions living in the slums just in Kolkata to have access to toilets in four years would be amazing, the whole of India.... But - at least he acknowledges the issue and raises it. It is the water that makes people in when in India, not the food.
Anyway, before I digress too far, what am I doing this year, and more importantly in the next week about this?
Well, I am taking on the challenge, and yes it is a small challenge, to drink nothing but tap water for a week from the time I wake up on 1st September to the time I get up again on the 8th September. I will eat as usual to be clear.
A small challenge, but on an average I would say that I currently drink a pint of fruit juice a day, at least ten coffees, a couple of pints of beer a day, wine at weekends, and various squash and fizzy drinks whenever I fancy it. On my desk as I type is a coffee, a blackcurrant juice and soda mix and a glass of water - I do like a drink!
I am donating myself, and would welcome any donation that anyone feels able to give. Please use the link here, and give anything. Quite literally a quid saves a life.
Here is the link again :-)
And have a look around the Frank Water site as well, and next time you are at the tap take a second to think how your life would be if that was even 100 yards away.