1. What are some team/group fundraisers your salon hosts? Do you have anything planned for this year that you would like to share?
A group of 7 Aveda salons in the Regina area come together to host a CATWALK FOR WATER. The event is a hair and makeup runway gala. Each salon or team presents their own segment designing models head to toe in reused or repurposed material. Anything form plastic shopping bags to newspaper papermaches corsets to reclaimed rubber tires. We include a silent auction, band, DJ, appetizers and drinks. There are about 40 stylists/makeup artists/students, 45 models and over 20 volunteers that work on this event with the help of about 15 local sponsors. Although it is a non-competitive event, this year we will be adding a viewer’s choice where the 220 ticketed attendees can vote for which salon they feel represented the mission best
2. How much did your salon raise last year? What is your goal this year?
Last year our team raised $16000, this year our goal is $20000
3. What do you think are the best ways to fundraise as a group?
It really depends on the group, but overall finding an initiative that the group can connect to that draws on the teams natural talents and/or passions is essential. If time is limited, choose something simple like selling recycled magazine water drops at the cash wrap. If you have more time, maybe organize a Cut-a-Thon. Whatever you choose, set a goal, lay out clear expectations and deadlines. And most importantly whatever the fundraising initiatives is be sure to nominate a leader or champion to ensure everyone is on the same page and you are on track to hitting your goal
4. How do you keep each other/your team motivated during Aveda Earth Month?
We meet bi-weekly from February until May to update on where each department is at. Our 5 committee members each have their own responsibilities and we present back at our meeting where we are at. It helps to keep us both connected and on track. We try to keep it fun, for example last night we "drink sampling" at a potential supporter of the event. It helps that we all like each other too :)
5. What is your Earth Month Best Practice? Any tips you would like to share with other fundraisers.
Collaborate! Coming together as a group bring access to many connections with sponsors, it also fosters a networking environment amongst our region of AVEDA salons. The more people committed the more amazing ideas surface! When you have a team working together to put on an event, it distributes the workload, each person does there small bit to bigger project. Our committee has their own task lists keeping our efforts organized and efficient. Everyone can contribute to the level that they are comfortable with
6. Why is Earth Month important to you and your salon/team?
We are all connected for different reasons, most of us are passionate about where the funds are going. Some are connected to support and Align with the AVEDA mission and some are just hungry to participate in an event that allows them to express their creative talent
What is your fundraising goal for Earth Month 2015?
My fundraising goal for 2015 is $10,000.
What are you doing to get to this goal?
I'm offering haircuts to friends and family for a $75 donation or a blow dry for a $50 donation. I'm also helping my friend Darlene with her gala fundraiser, H2015Toronto. I'm trying to get others involved and excited, you never know how people are going to respond. One of my friends signed up all her employees to join the Walk!
How do you stay motivated while fundraising during your Earth Month?
I stay motivated through others; you never know who's going to give, how they will support or who they will share with. Plus it's kinda fun to watch the number grow. $10,000 dollars is a big goal but I feel like I can do it.
How has participating in Earth Month changed your prospective of the world?
I have two step children, and I feel that it's important that I'm a role model to them. With all the superficial Kim Kardashian's out there, I'd like to think it's better to do good then to just be feeling good.
Why is Aveda Earth Month / WaterAid’s work important to you?
My participation in fundraising for WaterAid changed this year. This year I thought with everything that these people have to suffer and go through, the least I can do is try. Everyone has a right to clean water, education, sanitation and healthcare – just like I have being a Canadian. Maybe I'm an idealist dreamer but I think we are extremely blessed in this country and it’s up to us to share what we have.
"WaterAid has been ranked the world’s best non-profit organisation working on water, sanitation and hygiene issues by Philanthropedia.
Philanthropedia, an independent research and rankings organisation measuring non-profit impact by sector specialists, surveyed 82 experts to identify the organisations making the highest impact in the water and sanitation sector.
Philanthropedia's experts (foundation professionals, researchers and faculty, non-profit senior staff, consultants, journalists and policy-makers) recommended 16 outstanding non-profits working in water, sanitation and hygiene, with WaterAid, Water for People and the International Red Cross ranked first, second and third respectively. Experts commented on the impact each non-profit has had, what the non-profit’s other organisational strengths are, and how each organisation could further improve.
“WaterAid remains the implementing NGO which has the deepest understanding of the challenges of water supply. It cooperates closely with governments and international organisations; it has an open eye for all aspects of rural water supply, from the technology to the policy implications to the political economy of water supply.
“It engages with political and implementing organisations at all levels. WaterAid continuously seeks to re-invent itself, deliver higher quality services and build the capacities of sector staff in countries. It is the only implementing NGO that considers all aspects of WASH services.”
Chris Wainwright, Head of Communications, WaterAid said:
“We are very proud to be recognised as the global leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and the transformative effect our work has had in some of the world poorest communities. We believe that everyone everywhere must have access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030, as this is critical to eradicating extreme poverty. We will be using over 30 years’ experience to champion the change we believe is necessary to make this a reality.”
Read more about the survey and view the top 16 ranked organisations working in water, sanitation and hygiene at Philanthropedia"
For press enquiries please contact: Hannah Wilkinson at WaterAid on HannahWilkinson@WaterAid.org / 0207 793 4943
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid
• Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
• 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population.
• 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population.
• For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
• Just £15 can enable one person to access safe, clean water.
I know also that having to fetch water before and after school has an impact on my children because they don’t really have time to study what they have learned in school. Instead they have to fetch water for us because most of the time I am used to being very tired after work and not able to fetch water anymore. So, I have to force them to fetch water for us. I really notice that this has an impact on their study as they have difficulty in school and are not entirely able to follow their learning and keep up.
I am really tired after work so I have to ask my children. The place where we used to fetch water is really far away and sometimes we even have to queue. This means that they spend their time fetching water and are not able to study their lessons anymore.
We would love to grow some crops, vegetables or cucumbers near our village because it’s a very easy way to get money quickly. But we can’t do it because growing them also needs water. We already have problems with the water we drink so it’s hard to fetch water for vegetables and cucumbers as well. This is another of our problems.
Having safe water here will definitely change our lives because we won’t be sick any more. I am sure that my children will be able to live a healthy life and keep studying. There won’t be any problems with diarrhoea and bloody diarrhoea if we have safe water.
Also, if we had water here, it would definitely improve our lives because we could even grow vegetables and cucumbers nearby. We could water them because water would be in our village. So I really wish that we had safe water in our village. If we have water nearby, my children won’t have to fetch water far away from home anymore.
As a mother, I have my hopes and dreams for my children when they’re older. I would love to see them becoming doctors, or something like that, and getting nice jobs. Then they can support me in life. But the lack of safe water is a serious barrier for us and especially for my children. When they get diarrhoea because of the water that they drink, I alone may not be able to keep treating them. Instead of earning money to pay for their education, we spend it to treat them.
Photos, caption and story courtesy of WaterAid Canada/ Ernest Randriaimalala
Today is World Water Day - a day celebrating water.
Every year, World Water Day focuses on a different issue. 2015's issue is "Water and Sustainable Development", how we should consider water and how it is connected to achieve the future we want.
Safe, drinkable water saves lives. By 2030, we want everyone to have access to this kind of water.
748 million people in the world don't have access to safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population.
2.5 billion people don't have access to an adequate bathroom, one in three of the world's population.
More than 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That's over 1,400 children a day.
This World Water Day, think of what water means to you. How will it achieve the future you water?
Aveda Earth Month does more than put into practice the Aveda Mission to care for the world we live in. Aveda Earth Month puts our lives into perspective. We often take for granted how accessible clean water is to us in North America. In seconds, we can turn on a tap to drink water, wash our hands, and prepare and cook food. We can easily flush a toilet, take a shower and wash our clothes. These are basic human necessities we don’t often think twice about.
The truth is that one-tenth of the world’s population doesn’t have access to clean water. Women and children spend hours a day, sometimes walking more than 6km, to collect water that is often unsafe. They put themselves in precarious situations, possibly facing dangerous men and thieves, and insecure weather and land conditions to collect water that is often not even safe to drink. The time and effort spent collecting water could be spent on critical tasks such as cooking and preparing food, attending to children, going to school or paid labour.
This Earth Month, think of what you’d have to give up for time to collect water. Maybe it’s time spent watching your favourite TV show, going to the gym or playing your favourite sport, spending time with your loved ones, or simply resting.
Could you do it?
In our adulthood, we’ll spend 564 days caring for the needs of our families and friends and 720 days engaged in community activities involving volunteering and charities.
How will you spend your remaining 14,883 days?
Between 2009 and 2015 WaterAid’s ambition is that a further 25 million people will have access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation as a direct result of its work; and that by influencing the policies and practices of governments and service providers it will have reached a further 100 million people.