The Big Squat

You've most probably already visited the toilet today but could you imagine what you would have done without one? 2.5 Billion people do not have access to a safe, clean toilet. Diarrhoeal diseases are the second most common cause of death of young children in developing countries, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and resulting in 1 death every 20 seconds. 

In Zambia, more than one third of the population does not have access to clean water and more than half lacks access to proper sanitation facilities. 

Village Water is a Shropshire-based charity helping to change this by supporting safe water and sanitation in villages, schools and health centres. It all began in 2003 with founding trustee David Dixon, from Weston-under-Lizard.

He said: “I sold my business and decided I wanted to use some of the proceeds to do something useful.”

Ten years on, David is still an active trustee and Village Water has changed the lives of almost 170,000 people in 650 villages and 25 schools.

Join Village Water this World Toilet day in their Guinness world record attempt for the greatest number of people performing jump squats simultaneously over one minute at a single venue! Participants must be 12 years old or above due to the nature of the exercise intensity. 

Created in 2001, World Toilet Day is observed annually on 19th November. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge.

They need 300 of you to break the record so stretch out those quads, lace up your trainers and get squatting! 

Saturday 22nd November // The Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne // Registration 9am - 10.40am // Record attempt 11am // only £2.77 to sign up


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