Claudia Taylor-East is the Managing Director of SOS Malta; here she tells us all about their exciting plans for the World Walks for Water and Sanitation!
SOS Malta will be walking in Sliema together with over 2,000 local school children and members of the local community! Our Walk will be taking place down the main high street in Sliema and the Minister of Rural Affairs will be walking with us as part of a joint campaign with the Ministry on raising awareness for conservation of water. All local school children in Sliema will be taking part, beginning the walk at their schools carrying empty jerry cans, walking to fill them up and then walking back to school carrying their full jerry cans as a stunt to highlight the impact of time spent collecting water on children’s education! A chain of slogans highlighting other water and sanitation issues will also be carried by walkers.
Local media will be attending to cover our event which will be publicised to the whole of Malta. We have also involved some of our local corporate partners who will be walking with us to demonstrate the importance of corporate responsibility in the Water sector. Each of our 4-5 partners involved will be carrying their own message supporting the need for better water and sanitation and using their corporate walk to try and get the rest of the business sector more involved in Water and Sanitation issues!
During the Walk we will be calling on the Government of Malta to increase ODA as well as place more focus on water in funding. The Minister of Rural Affairs will also be making a speech as part of the Walk, and we also hope to have the Dutch Ambassador to Malta in attendance, both raising the political profile of the day’s events!