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9 countries in 4 days

Posted on: July 31, 2015

You can fundraise for Pump Aid in all sorts of wild and wacky ways! Vishal and his team ‘geared up’ to complete the ‘Wacky Rally to Rimini’ – a challenge to drive across Europe in 4 days. Starting from England on the 19th June they completed an adventurous trip through France, Belgium, Germany, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Italy, San Marino and Switzerland! They covered 1,447 miles through the snowy mountains, dusty tracks, windy roads, experienced a few worn out tyres and of course lots of up-hill starts. All the crew arrived safely back in one piece, and raised a whopping £3,500 for Pump Aid!

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This fantastic effort has helped pay for an elephant pump project for an entire village, Gwetsere, situated in Kasungu, Malawi. This means a community of 57 people now have access to safer water and improved sanitation. Not only has this fundraising achievement helped pay for a pump, it has also helped pay towards our vital community facilitation sessions.

Access to safe water alone cannot deliver the maximum health benefits to a community, so one of the key elements of Pump Aid’s community facilitation sessions is training in hygiene practices. Pump Aid uses a combination of community facilitation and empowerment methodologies, including a process called Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), that inspires and empowers communities to stop open defecation and brings communities together to educate them on the links between better hygiene and sanitation and improved health. To read more about our CLTS work please click here.

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If you’re interested in fundraising for Pump Aid yourself please get in touch with Emily, our Fundraising Coordinator, emilygait@pumpaid.org or check out our fundraising page for ideas.

For more photos of the Wacky Rally check out their online blog!