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Water companies raise £8,500 for WaterAid

Posted: Wednesday 23rd August 2006

Water and wastewater treatment companies, along with contractors, suppliers, media and PR companies joined forces to boost WaterAid’s aim of raising £10million, in their 25th anniversary year, to help people around the world gain access to sanitary water supplies.

Thirty-two teams took part in the Midlands region’s Big Quiz 2006. Organised jointly by Kidderminster company Purac Ltd and Biwater Treatment Ltd and held at the Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich, the event raised a total of £8,500.

Similar events are held in Stirling and Belfast. Over the past 4 years the Midlands events have generated £40,000 for WaterAid - a charity dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

A team from Veolia Water took the overall prize after providing the most correct answers to an assortment of questions on everything from music and film to sport and general knowledge. They were closely followed by Field Systems Designs Ltd in second place and Carillion in third.

George Johnston, Purac’s Business Development Manager and quizmaster for the evening said: “We’d like to thank everyone involved in our fourth annual Midlands Quiz Night for contributing to another successful event and for raising a fantastic amount of money for such a worthwhile cause. We collected £1,680 from the raffle alone and we are grateful to all those who sponsored the event, donated prizes and showed their support by taking part as well as to Chateau Impney which generously increased the total raised by donating 10 per cent of its bar takings during the evening.”

Belinda Brown, WaterAid’s Regional Development Manager for Midlands & East Anglia said ‘The quiz was once again a great success and a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all! We are delighted that the funds raised from it will be going to benefit the people of Burkina Faso in West Africa, a country where a staggering 88% of the population don’t have access to sanitation and 50% don’t have access to safe water. These funds will help to ensure that in excess of 450 people will be able to take their first steps out of poverty by gaining access to safe water and sanitation – a life changing achievement which Purac and Biwater have made possible from this event’.

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