How your love of the water can bring joy to people around the world

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Swim for WaterAid at the Great Swim Series this June and your fundraising will help the 1 in 10 people around the world who don't have access to clean water

In the UK we're fortunate to have so many stunning places we can swim as well as clean drinking water on tap. But for many around the world that sadly isn't the case. Right now, 1 in 10 people around the world don't have clean water close to home, forcing them to spend hours every day collecting water that is often dirty and can make them sick. The time wasted walking for water keeps children from school and families from earning a living.

This summer, through your love of the water, you can help change that. International development charity WaterAid have partnered with the Great Swim Series to encourage swimmers across the UK to embrace the joys of clean water and to support their mission to reach communities around the world with this basic human right.

Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or you’re simply keen to get back in the water this summer, why not join WaterAid at the Great Swim Series and see how your fundraising can bring joy to people around the world.

Use discount code SWIM25 for 25% off your registration fee.

Entries close on 31 May, so hurry!

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WaterAid is currently working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and more marginalised people.

Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 27 million people with clean water and 27 million people with decent toilets. But there's still work to be done.

Currently, 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home. 2 billion people do not have a decent toilet of their own. And around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

When a community gets clean water for the first time there's a tremendous sense of joy and celebration. There's now the possibility of a healthier, happier life. There’s a chance for children to stay in school, for families to make a decent living, and for the whole community to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Published in association with Water Aid

01 Cover May

Issue 49 May 2021

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  • How to train for your first open water mile
  • Where to swim in the Lake District
  • How pioneer women swimmers not only took on men in the open water but also campaigned for the vote
  • Training sessions to ease you back into the pool

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