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College backs toilet twinning initiative

College backs toilet twinning initiative

Blackpool Sixth has backed an innovative initiative to help some of the world’s poorest people have basic essentials in life such as a toilet, clean water and hygiene education.

The college was approached by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist International in connection with a ‘toilet twinning’ programme for which they have recently raised £1,080, money which will help pay for vital sanitation work in developing countries.  Blackpool Sixth was delighted to support this work and has installed a plaque which officially ‘twins’ toilets in one of its main corridors with toilets which will be constructed as part of the project.

Soroptimist International is  a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, Soroptimists work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.

Christine Fairhurst, President of Soroptimist International of Blackpool and District said, “Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities. We are involved in local and voluntary activities and we enjoy doing community and service work.

Did you know that 2.3 billion individuals don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet? We recently raised monies for Toilet Twinning which is a water and sanitation initiative to help fund a project in a poor community to enable families to build a toilet, have access to clean water and to learn about hygiene. I am proud to be a Soroptimist and of the work we do. There is nothing more satisfying than helping individuals and communities.”

Jon McLeod, Head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing at Blackpool Sixth, commented, “We were honoured to be approached by the Soroptimists as part of this project.  One of the college’s core values is global citizenship, and this initiative is an excellent way of demonstrating to our students how they can contribute to international development and can support some of the world’s poorest people in a very practical way.  We look forward to working with the Soroptimists on future projects.”