westlifefan
16 November 2011 @ 03:12 pm
newsvine - everybody poops: talking crap for world toilet day  

We all poo! Yup. It may sound funny to say out loud and even read back, but we all do it. The gorgeous Victoria’s Secret models are not exempt from this either, nor are any of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive – we’re talking to you, George Clooney! This is a reality and though it is one of the most taboo topics of discussion, it is also one of the most important ones to have in order to raise a global awareness.

No invention has saved more lives than the toilet. Since its creation, the toilet has brought great benefits to better sanitation, health and hygiene but every day, 2.6 billion suffer from improper access to clean sanitation. That means, a third of the world’s population do not have somewhere safe, private and hygienic to go to the toilet. Can you imagine going to the toilet in a muddy ditch? Or defecating in rivers, lakes, fields or railway tracks? That is the reality for many around the world and fact is, more people today have a cell phone than a toilet. If that isn’t reason enough to bring massive awareness to such an issue what is?

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westlifefan
17 March 2011 @ 12:30 pm
newsvine: World Water Day Profiles: founders Gary White and Matt Damon of Water.org  
Water has always been an important cause to me. I feel like personally, it's something we can all agree on without politics getting in the way or being diplomatic and politically correct. In honour of World Water Week, I present to you two profiles on the co-founders of Water.org:



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World Water Day Profile: Co-Founder, Gary White of Water.org



Water is the hub of life and often, with the way life is demanding of our lifestyles, we take it for granted. We forget that the water cycle is also the life cycle and because of the devastating amount of countries struggling without clean water today, thousands of families are torn apart as the repercussions of unclean water bring about unpreventable diseases and often, death. It is known that every fifteen seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease. It's been noted that nearly one billion people lack access to safe water and someone who has seen the affects of the water crisis firsthand is Gary White, co-founder of Water.org. White’s become a leader in his own right, involving himself in a dynamic and remarkable vision for changing the world.


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Matt Damon has always been a personal hero of mine in terms of writing and when I learned he was involved with White's organization back in 2009, I was further enamoured by him and his efforts to make a difference.



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World Water Day Profile: Co-Founder, Matt Damon of Water.org



The quality of water and the quality of life, in all its infinite forms are critical parts of the overall ongoing health of our planet, our future and most importantly, ourselves. Water is vital to our existence and considering how life has progressed, it’s become an essential need that man has now often overlooked. We will never know the full worth of water until the well is dry and in some developing countries, growing up without water is a norm. There are nearly one billion people in this world who lack access to clean drinking water and it’s a heartbreaking truth that every fifteen seconds a child under the age of five dies from a waterborne disease. Someone who’s adamant on making sure clean water becomes a necessity in every country is one of the founders of Water.org, Matt Damon.


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westlifefan
22 March 2010 @ 06:37 pm
newsvine - World Water Week is underway  

Water is such an important necessity and I feel, working for clean water is something we all should support because there's no sides in such a thing. I've always been a supporter of the Water.org foundation and I feel like, I had to do something and this week is World Water Week and I figured, I'd lend my voice, not just via Twitter but through my writing and pass on the good word of how this organization is working towards water sanitation and bringing about change in several countries.

Some of you may have noticed on Twitter, that my profile pic is tinted blue. It is due to the fact that I am showing my support and am lending my voice to this cause. More information regarding how to go about that is at my article.


World Water Week is underway



It has become a sad truth that water, one of the most essential ingredients to our life has evolved into one of the most basic needs that man has taken for granted. Man has become so blind in his quest for survival and power that water, along with other resources has now become a victim of his apathy.

With several countries struggling without clean water, thousands of children throughout the world succumb each day to entirely preventable diseases and illnesses. This week, marks World Water Week where the profile of water quality is raised by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to whole-heartedly engage in proactively addressing the depleting water quality around the world in hopes of tackling pollution prevention, clean up and restoration.

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westlifefan
16 October 2009 @ 01:26 pm
my latest newsvine piece...it was about time!  
So I've been in a writing rut since Nadia got discharged from the hospital and didn't really want to fit back into my writing. I don't know why. I don't have an answer for that but I got inspired last week when I was talking to a representative of Water.org over at Twitter. I decided, I'll use my Twitter powers towards my advantage and am hoping, every week I will now put out an article on different "Follow Fridays" - ranging in different categories. This week's genre, rather was "causes". Causes that are important to me. Now I don't want to forcefeed my opinions on people as causes like religion and politics are a private matter but I always wanted to make some sort of difference with my writing and since that ONEXONE thing fell through and really bummed me out, I thought why not do something else and we'll see how it goes from there.

Without further adieu, I present to you my article...


 
The latest rage these days isn't the segway or an even the iPod. It's Twitter. The social networking and micro-blogging service was introduced to the internet only two years ago but it's rapidly becoming the most used, visited and talked about site with its numbers growing day by day in followers.

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