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Ian Botham’s water pollution solution in Sri Lanka

We are pleased to announce that Sir Ian Botham has confirmed an ongoing relationship to work with us on a long term solution to provide a fresh drinking water solution for children in some of Sri Lanka’s most deprived areas.

In November 2013, Sir Ian Botham completed a 155 mile walk in temperatures over 50c to raise funds for the Foundation of Goodness. His 8 day ordeal included the Anaradhapura region where there have been some big problems with water pollution resulting in many kidney problems.

During the walk Sir Ian stopped and gave village children 350 Water-to-Go filtered water bottles. These instantly purify the dirtiest rain, river or tap water, eliminating over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants to turn it into safe drinking water.

Now we are donating 350 more filters to the children in Anaradhapura and are working with Sir Ian to look at ways to raise funds in order to aid the work the Foundation of Goodness are doing and tackle the water issues long term. Sri Lankan Airlines have confirmed they will provide freight to support this worthy cause. water to go charity work with children

To reflect the depth of the ongoing relationship we have committed to support Sir Ian Botham’s next project, another fundraising walk for the under privileged in South Africa 2015: Details to follow.

The Foundation of Goodness is a Sri Lankan charity formed to reunite villages, empower the local people, teach skills and educate the children in the wake of the Boxing Day tsunami and a 30-year Civil War.

Ian Botham said: “We are happy with the support from Water-to-Go and Sri Lankan Airlines. We can see that a wider supply of the Water-to-Go bottles and filters could make a huge difference to the children in these areas but we need to work together to increase distribution.”

David Shanks, Managing Director of Water-to-Go said: “It is amazing to believe that some of Asia, Africa and other parts of the world do not have fresh drinking water in the 21st century. We are currently working with a number of international charities but there is a limit to the number of bottles we can give away so we are looking for a philanthropic business or household water provider to help sponsor some extra bottles.”

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