Paul Crow, the Managing Director of award winning bathroom retailer Ripples, is a long-standing and valued friend of Sanitation First, and we are delighted that he is once again lending his support by organising a London to Paris cycle ride on the 7th September.
Paul will be enlisting the help of another 20 people in the bathroom industry to ride to Paris with him in order to raise money for Sanitation First.
“Fully aware we all work in a business profiting from improving the sanitation experience for our customers, it would be really good if for one year and one year only, everyone that is involved in the industry, whether they distribute, manufacturer, compute, recruit, sell or install, could join me in raising money for Sanitation First a wonderful charity that are tackling poverty, one toilet at a time.”
This bike ride will be raising money to build a brand new, safe, hygienic toilet facility in the Government Higher Secondary School in Kattiyankuppam for 430 girls and boys who currently have to face the daily trauma of not having a toilet at school.
The school’s current sanitation facilities are in an unusable condition. There is also no private washroom or incinerator for the girls, which means that the female students aren’t able to privately manage their menstruation. The headmaster has told us that girls do not attend school when they are menstruating, because of a lack of facilities.
With the help of Paul Crow’s fundraising, Sanitation First will be able to construct two separate sanitary blocks, one for boys and one for girls. In the girls’ facility, there will be a private washroom and incinerator. The toilets that we build in schools are always cheerful and colourful, with painted murals on the walls that tell children all about the benefits of hand-washing and clean sanitation.
Paul’s fundraising efforts will provide these 493 children with significantly increased opportunities to further their education. This will have an impact on their future career prospects and earning potential. Acquiring a higher level of education is a crucial way for these children to escape the cycle of poverty.
We will keep you updated on Paul’s progress, and if you would like to support Paul and his fellow bathroom industry riders, follow this link to donate to their appeal.