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All over the world, events took place on World Plumbing Day which aimed to spread the word that plumbing is an important industry. The resultant media coverage was wide and generally gave plumbing a more positive image than is often the case.
Having launched the first Day in Beijing, China on 11 March 2010, this year the WPC held a general meeting in Bangalore, India which was followed by a press conference and World Plumbing Day seminar which was addressed by prominent people from the Indian medical profession and a representative of the Water, Sanitation and Health Division of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from Geneva, Switzerland. This event really set the tone for the theme of World Plumbing Day which is ‘Plumbing – Vital to Global Health’ and it was encouraging to see the doctors making reference to Health Aspects of Plumbing, our joint publication with WHO.
The idea of World Plumbing Day is that organisations involved in plumbing arrange activities within their own countries and regions which aim to draw public and media attention to our industry. Some of the events which took place this year included:
A short video message explaining World Plumbing Day was recorded and placed on the special World Plumbing Day website and on other sites such as YouTube. This attracted a large number of views and was seen as a powerful way of promoting the message. Although 2000 views over a few weeks may not compare with those which film or pop stars receive, it was nevertheless encouraging to see so many people picking up on the video.
Following a limited trial in 2010 of presentations to school children in the 7-10 years age group, a professional presentation was developed this year and made available to anyone in the industry who wished to go into their local schools to talk to children about water, health and plumbing. The children were invited to design posters to mark World Plumbing Day and cash prizes were offered for the best posters from across the world. Entries for this competition closed at the end of March but at the time of writing international entries had already been received from UK, USA, Canada and India. Details of the winners will be posted on the World Plumbing Day website (www.worldplumbingday.org).
Around the globe
All States and Territories across Australia made an impact in World Plumbing Day. While many centres held barbecues and breakfasts, there were some significant operations being conducted. In Perth, Western Australia a limited edition World Plumbing Day T-shirt was made available with a gold coin donation. All monies raised will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund to go towards the Perth Hills Fire Appeal and the Gascoyne & Mid West Floods Appeal.
barbecue events in South Australia were launched with the intention to raise funds for two critical projects in Third World countries that do not have the same standard of safe drinking water or sanitation facilities as developed countries such as Australia.
These projects are:
• Safe Clean Drinking Water
People in Bangladesh source their drinking water from wells and bores, many of which are contaminated with naturally occurring ARSNIC, up to 37 times the safe level.