A Shefford resident braved the sunshine, showers and mud at the Glastonbury Festival to volunteer for WaterAid, one of the festival’s official charity partners.
Stephanie helped gather an impressive 46,166 petition signatures for WaterAid’s Make It Happen campaign, which aims to help transform lives around the world by calling for access to safe, clean water and toilets for everyone everywhere by 2030.
Stephanie, who has supported the charity for a number of years, was part of an army of 250 WaterAid volunteers making a splash on Worthy Farm.
While others were bopping to Florence and the Machine and singing along to the legendary Lionel Ritchie, she was working on the ShePee’s (female urinals).
Alongside the thousands of festival goers showing their support for the Make It Happen campaign, artists from Glastonbury’s line-up including Mark Ronson, James Bay, Lulu, Belle & Sebastian, Cribs, Everything Everything, John Cooper Clarke, Enter Shikari and the Vaccines also got behind the cause.
Stephanie said: “It was amazing to be part of the WaterAid team at Glastonbury – I’ve never been to Glastonbury before so it was a fantastic opportunity to experience the festival atmosphere while helping make a difference. I spoke to so many supportive people and got a great response because everyone there could identify the need for taps and toilets from their own festival experience.
“WaterAid had a great presence at the festival alongside Oxfam and Greenpeace and we helped to provide water to thirsty revellers as well as some of the cleanest toilets on site. We were ecstatic to smash our petition target of 40,000 signatures with a whopping 46,166 and it’s an amazing feeling to know that we’ve really helped to make an impact.”
Without home comforts - whether queuing to get a drink, waiting to use the toilet, or not being as clean as they’d like to be - festival-goers can start to understand what it’s like for over 750 million people living without clean water and the 2.5 billion people with nowhere safe to go to the toilet.
As well as campaigning, WaterAid volunteers handed out drinking water to festival-goers, collected rubbish for recycling, and manned the toilets. Each WaterAid volunteer worked shifts of four to six hours a day – the same amount of time many in the developing world spend collecting water.
WaterAid’s Make It Happen petition will call on the UK Government to support a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation at the United Nations General Assembly this September and do more to make sure that everyone, everywhere has taps and toilets by 2030 for a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world.
For more information and to help Make It Happen go to www.wateraid.org/makeithappen