Could you donate a fabulous auction lot to support WATSAN?

Could you donate a fabulous auction lot to support WATSAN?

Our online auction of promises will be the chance to ‘buy’ something unique in exchange for a donation to WATSAN. We’re now looking for some inspiring prizes that will get people bidding!

You or someone you know may have a unique item, unrivalled experience or amazing skill that could be donated to our auction catalogue. We are looking for up to 50 different prizes that people attending our auction might not be able to get anywhere else. Here are some ideas:

  • Tickets to the theatre or a concert
  • A date with a celebrity or big thinker
  • A food or beauty hamper
  • Loan of a second home
  • A unique piece of art, jewellery or literature
  • A music or creative writing lesson
  • Behind the scenes at a performance or broadcast
  • A year’s food or magazine subscription
  • A luxury meal or night’s stay
  • A collector’s item
  • A private tour of a prestigious place
  • A personalised artwork or poem
  • A professional service

It’s all in aid of a good cause: bringing life-saving water and dignified sanitation to the people of Kazuru, where children currently walk miles barefoot to collect water from polluted streams to survive. Our project will bring filtered, piped water to the heart of their community, meaning they can get on with going to school and lifting themselves out of poverty.

To kick off proceedings, we already have two stalls tickets to Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall that you can bid on NOW! The tickets are for 1st March at 7.30pm and are worth £77 each! As the date falls before our auction, you can email your bid to hello@watsanuganda.org and we will give the tickets to the highest bidder.

We know that through our networks we should be able to pull together a variety of really compelling auction lots. Let’s all rack our brains and persuade our networks on social media and beyond – all ideas welcome.

Please note that there has also been a change of date for this event, which will now take place on Zoom on Thursday 16th March 2023, from 7.30 to 9.00pm. It will be hosted by BBC broadcaster Sophie Law, and everyone is welcome to join. We will share details of how to register shortly.

Make a pledge to the auction by emailing details to Kate Parrinder at hello@watsanuganda.org, including a full description, any terms and conditions, and a suggested reserve price.

Buy from Fair2All for World Toilet Day and 10% goes to WATSAN

Buy from Fair2All for World Toilet Day and 10% goes to WATSAN

WATSAN supporter Mandy McIntosh runs a fair trade shop in Ashby de la Zouch and online. To mark World Toilet Day on 19th November, she is donating 10% of her takings to WATSAN takings from 14th to 30th November 2022.

The offer will include both sales from Mandy’s bricks and mortar shop, and her online shop www.fair2all.net, where you can buy upcycled and fair trade gifts, homewares, accessories and cards.

In 2017 Mandy was part of a team who went to South West Uganda and participated in a WATSAN project working with the local community to provide latrines in their school. Once the latrine block for older girls was completed, over 60 girls returned to education.

WATSAN’s trustees would like to thank Mandy very much for once again making this generous contribution to WATSAN, as she has done for the past two years. And of course, we encourage other supporters to do their Christmas shopping on the Fair2All website!

Visit the Fair2All website

Save the date for WATSAN’s auction of promises!

Save the date for WATSAN’s auction of promises!

WATSAN’s next fundraising event will be an online auction of promises on the evening of Thursday 26th January. Save the date to bag a unique experience, skill share or treat – or join our organising team to help out.

The auction of promises will be the chance to ‘buy’ something unique in exchange for a donation to WATSAN’s Kazuru project. It will be a lively and fun event, compered by BBC Radio presenter Sophie Law, who will get us excited and competing for the best prizes! It will also be easy to access, on Zoom from 7.30 to 9pm on Thursday 26th January.

You could end up with anything: a free holiday let; dinner with a celebrity; a cookery class; concert tickets; or a magnum of champagne. Some of our lots will be things that money cannot usually buy!

Trustee Kate Parrinder and supporter Jenny Vaughan have started planning the online event, and are looking for one or two others to help us organise it. Please contact Kate via hello@watsanuganda.org if you are interested – we need coordinators and comms experts.

If you have something interesting you are willing to donate as a lot in the auction, please do also get in touch.

Details of how to sign up will follow…

Dispersed Walks for Water to take place in June 2023

Dispersed Walks for Water to take place in June 2023

Following a very successful and enjoyable series of dispersed Walks for Water in June 2021, WATSAN’s trustees are looking to repeat similar events in June 2023.

During the pandemic, we found that these dispersed walks gained more support and raised more money than events in the previous format, which involved gathering a single large group of supporters together for a weekend. We have therefore decided to continue with the ‘dispersed’ format, whilst finding other ways to meet as a larger group, such as at our tea party in May.

The dispersed events are being coordinated by longstanding supporter Andrew Starr, who will offer support to those who are in a position to organise local events. Walk leaders are responsible for planning a route, gathering local walkers, overseeing their safe participation, and sharing achievements with the wider group. Previous dispersed events have made good use of WhatsApp as well as an online Zoom event in the evening to bring together walkers from all of the different locations and create a feeling of shared endeavour.

Andrew is initially approaching those who have kindly led a WATSAN Walk for Water in the past, and others who have expressed interest, to see if they would be willing to lead a local walk again next year. We are now also seeking new walk leaders in new places for 2023.

The aim is to raise funds for our present target project, an ambitious gravity flow scheme in Kazuru.

If you feel you may be able to help, please do email Andrew at leicstarr@gmail.com, so that he can begin to put together a preliminary list of potential walks.

New resource pack for WATSAN presentations

New resource pack for WATSAN presentations

We have developed this pack of PowerPoint slides and videos to help our amazing supporters to give their own presentations about WATSAN in their local church, school or community group.

WATSAN’s trustees have really valued the support of our wider network in spreading the word about what we do and fundraising for us. At our most recent trustee meeting we agreed to make it as easy as possible for others to advocate for WATSAN, and so we have put this pack together to help you.

Slides – these can be downloaded and edited for your own purposes, and include an intro to WATSAN and its projects, impact and how to help. Download now

Videos – visit our YouTube channel to play videos such as a general introduction to WATSAN, and a feature about our current target project (Kazuru). Playing from within YouTube will give you access to the subtitles we have uploaded. Visit now

Leaflets – our trifold leaflet has all the key information about WATSAN, plus a form to set up a standing order. You can see the leaflet here – but please order printed copies from our Secretary Ellie Bensted! Contact Ellie now

Thank you for your help and support.