thank you

I came into work on Monday and there was some papers on my desk about Thankyou water and a post it from my boss ‘you will love this’. She was right.

In Locale we have recently swapped the water brand that we stock to Thankyou water, a social enterprise founded by 3 young Aussies which sells bottle water to Australians to help fund safe water to people in developing countries.

It took them a few years to get off the ground but in the last few years Thankyou water has really taken off as the concept has taken hold and larger industries have given their support by assisting with machinery and stocking.

The Australian bottled water industry is worth $600 million a year however 800 million people around the world have no access to safe water. The founders really tapped into this market and are helping Autralians to help others just by grabbing a bottle of water.

The reason I had a post it on my desk telling me just how much I would love this concept is because I have experienced this first hand. My boyfriend and I have just gotten back from living overseas for nearly 2 years and on our way home we spent some time in South East Asia including 3 weeks in Myanmar (Burma).


Myanmar is an amazing place.
Largely untouched by technology and western society it has a difficult political past that it is still trying to come out of. Resource rich, the wealth of the country is funneled into a very small percentage of the society.


Some of the gorgeous kids we met in Nyaung Shwe, one of the villages where Thankyou waterprovides clean drinking water.

‘The city of Rangoon, Myanmar’s largest city, is home to 11% of its entire population. The majority of the people in this region receive piped water as their primary water source. This water, originating from four distant reservoirs and tube wells located around the city, is transmitted to roughly 60% of Rangoon’s residents through a series of out-dated pipelines.

In rural Myanmar, many are reliant on communal ponds, hand dug wells and household rainwater harvesting systems as their primary water supply. Those that source their water solely from man-made ponds are particularly vulnerable to loss of access to water, especially during the drier seasons.’

Cooking in the streets of Yangon (Rangoon).

While I was travelling through Myanmar I noticed this lack of access to water. The majority of the country drink bottled water however those living in slums cannot even afford this (a 1 litre bottle of water was approximately .30AUD).

Myanmar is not the only country that Thankyou water supports. They also work to provide safe drinking water to Cambodia, Kenya, India, Timor Leste and Uganda. Each bottle of water has a code so you can track where your assistance goes.

Every bottle of water you buy will provide 1 month’s worth of safe water to someone in need. I can tell you from first hand experience this is a wonderful gift to give.

Next time you drop in to Locale grab a bottle of Thankyou water. For only $2.50 that’s a lot of karma points.
Love, your angel,

Trudy.

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