Thankyou Water Saving Lives
By HALEY BAKER
For weeks on end the body can go without food, but deny it water and you would be lucky to live for a few days.
Water is an essential nutrient to all living things yet, sadly, it is not as easily obtained as we may believe.
Thankyou Water, a non-profitable organisation, sets about solving this injustice by providing water aid to those who are unable to take it for granted.
How do they achieve this you ask?
By selling bottled water – Thankyou Water – to the Australian community.
Every dollar spent on purchasing these bottles is then projected into water aids that are designed to last a lifetime such as pumps, wells and underground water systems.
“Do your part, buy Thankyou Water and save lives,” says the Thankyou Water South Australian representative Tom Chisholm.
“When I heard about what Dan (Thankyou Water founder) and the team were doing, I was excited by their passion and selflessness, and knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of,” he said.
“After flying to Melbourne and meeting with the team, it immediately felt right and now hitting up local cafe’s and businesses to stock Thankyou Water is now one of my most favourite things to be doing,” says Tom.
Melbourne born Daniel Flynn created this campaign in 2008 and since then over one million Thankyou Water bottles have been sold, allowing 5000 more people on the earth access to fresh water.
Villages within Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya and India have already benefited greatly from the profits raised by Thankyou Water.
“The thing that got Thankyou Water’s team inspired on such a cause is that we have created a $600 million dollar a year bottled water industry, yet 900 million people worldwide still do not have access to clean drinking water,” said Tom.
“You have to take a step back and think, something is not quite right with that,” he said.
To show support of such a prevalent human rights issue, Australian Post has joined the fundraising team, enabling Thankyou Water to be sold in stores Australia wide.
“Australian Post has been great to us where we have used them on many occasions to deliver Thankyou Water to rural parts of Australia,” said Tom.
Thankyou Water is available today from a majority of Australian Posts, 7-Elevens and in over 2000 small cafes and delicatessens Australia wide.
“We aim to be that small choice in the fridge that allows your profits to go to solving the world water crisis, rather than just ending up making a big shareholder of a giant company richer,” said Tom.
Tom believes that “your choice can and will change a life,” if not more.
Image by Thankyou Water