Thursday, 11 March 2010

London Queue at the Houses of Parliament!

Tom Baker
Tearfund
An update on the London Queue from Tom, who works for Tearfund, an End Water Poverty member, and is helping to organise the London event for the World's Longest Toilet Queue on 22nd March.

I visited the site of the London Toilet Queue this morning to talk about the final plans with those helping to organise our queue. We're going to be holding our queue on Old Palace Yard, directly across the road from the Houses of Parliament.

We couldn't ask for a better backdrop to our event, which is going to remind our government that they must continue to show leadership on this fundamental issue. We've already got almost 100 people committing to come down, but we've got room for more, so do tell anyone you know.

Later on World Water Day, we hope to arrange for some small delegations of our campaigners to go and meet with various politicians to reinforce why we need to see more done for the billions still waiting for a decent loo. We've even got a giant toilet roll to handover to one of them!

As I was standing outside, inside Parliament the government was announcing the date of our budget, 24th March, just two days after our queue.

It was a good reminder about the economic case about the importance of action on water and sanitation, that it's one of the most cost effective development interventions and that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, $8 is returned in increased productivity.

Let's hope, that as they're thinking about our budget, they get the message that action on water and sanitation pays.

4 comments:

Lamisi Dabire said...

This is great news Tom

Shikha said...

Congratulations for finding perfect location, all the best!

Basanta Gaire said...

we also are going to celebrate it .........

Anonymous said...

Well done with the event this morning! Lot's of fun! Maeve