Water team to strive for the summit

WATER TEAM: The Severn Trent team who will tackle Kilimanjaro.
WATER TEAM: The Severn Trent team who will tackle Kilimanjaro.

Nine employees from Severn Trent Water will set-off for Africa in March on a dual mission - to help WaterAid transform lives and to conquer the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro.

The intrepid adventurers will face a gruelling 10 day trek up the 20,000ft mountain raising much needed funds for WaterAid to provide clean, safe water and adequate sanitation for some of Tanzania’s poorest communities.

Some 46 per cent of Tanzanians do not have safe water and a staggering 76 per cent live without basic sanitation. Diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation kill around 20,000 children under the age of five in Tanzania every year.

The team, led by Tony Ballance, Severn Trent’s WaterAid chairman and director of strategy and regulation, will also plan to visit some of the villages the company and WaterAid have helped over the past 30 years, providing clean, safe water to tens of thousands of people. .

Tony Ballance said: “This will be a challenging and eye-opening trip for all of us. The challenges will be enormous both personally and for the entire team. The more money we’re able to raise, the more people we, and WaterAid, will be able to help.”

Dave Hillyard, Head of Major Partnerships at WaterAid, said: “Staff at Severn Trent Water have been supporting WaterAid’s life saving work for 30 years and we’re thrilled that Tony and his team are now taking on the incredible challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds.

“All the money raised will help us change lives and lift people out of poverty by improving access to clean water and sanitation – basic necessities that we are lucky enough to take for granted. We’d like to thank the team for their enthusiasm and dedication and to wish them the very best for their climb.”

To support the team and help WaterAid provide clean, safe water for some of Tanzania’s poorest people please give generously by donating via the team sponsorship page: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/STWKili