WaterAid is London beneficiary;
Participants in the 2013 London J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will benefit WaterAid, which works in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America. Above, children sing a hygiene education song, Ankafotra school, Mahaiza Province, Madagascar. The London races are scheduled July 10-11 in Battersea Park. Photo: WaterAid/ Marco Betti
Fundraising component available
LONDON, May 15, 2013 — WaterAid has been named the beneficiary of the 2013 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at London’s Battersea Park, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-11 with a capacity crowd of 13,000-plus expected both evenings.
WaterAid works across 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America, using practical solutions to provide safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.
School children wash their hands, St Josephs School, Chinnavilai village, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India. Photo: WaterAid/Dieter Telemans
WaterAid and its partners only use practical, sustainable technologies, making sure the right skills exist in the community so they can keep them working long into the future. By working with local partners, WaterAid is able to invest in the future of local communities so that they can continue the good work.
J.P. Morgan, on behalf of all Corporate Challenge participants, will make a donation to WaterAid, part of the Corporate Challenge’s worldwide commitment of supporting charities and institutions that contribute to an overall quality of life in communities served by JPMorgan Chase.
“We’re delighted to be involved with the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London this year,” said Barbara Frost, CEO of WaterAid. “With the support of J.P. Morgan, WaterAid will be able to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
“One in 10 people worldwide currently don’t have safe, clean water at the turn of a tap,” Frost continued. “These funds can help WaterAid to change this by enabling those without water to gain access to this basic, yet precious, resource for the first time. And the impact goes beyond just providing clean water; women spend less time walking to collect water, meaning they have more opportunity to support their family by generating an income, and their children no longer get sick from drinking dirty water and can instead attend school and gain a proper education.”
According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is six kilometres, longer than the 5.6km distance of the Corporate Challenge.
WaterAid and J.P. Morgan are also happy to announce a fundraising initiative available for all Corporate Challenge participants, available at https://www.justgiving.com/company/jpmorgancc2013/.
“It can cost just £15 to enable one person to access a lasting supply of clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation,” Frost said, “So the fundraising efforts of J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge participants will really make a huge difference.”
There are incentives available for participants in the fundraising:
- Overall top donor or fundraiser for WaterAid (by Friday 19 July at 12:00 noon) — Two tickets to a show at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre courtesy of Southbank Centre. Incentive includes dinner for two at Skylon, courtesy of Skylon and BELU Water.
- Draw for all fundraisers/donors who give or raise minimum of £50 by Friday 5 July at 12:00 noon — Two tickets to the London O2 on Sunday 21 July for Alegria — Cirque Du Soleil, courtesy of J.P. Morgan (7 pairs of tickets available).
- Draw for all fundraisers/donors who give or raise minimum of £50 by Friday 19 July at 12:00 noon — Place in Royal Parks Half Marathon on 6 October 2013, courtesy of Limelight Sports (2 places available).
- Draw for all fundraisers/donors who give or raise minimum of £50 by Friday 19 July at 12:00 noon — 3-course lunch or dinner for two at The Dining Room at Whitechapel Gallery, courtesy of Smart Group Ltd.
- Draw for all fundraisers/donors who give or raise minimum of £50 by Friday 19 July at 12:00 noon — 3-course lunch or dinner for two at The Corner Restaurant & Champagne Bar at Selfridges, courtesy of Smart Group Ltd.
Fundraising for WaterAid is not a mandatory component of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London, but offered only in an effort to expand the event’s mission of teamwork and camaraderie.