Press Release (ePRNews.com) - BOURNEMOUTH, England - Sep 15, 2017 - Fitness fans will be squatting on a Dorset beach – for the one in three who don’t have a proper toilet.
This is not a protest or public health disaster: local gyms and sports clubs are competing in a fitness challenge in Bournemouth to raise funds for lifesaving loos overseas.
The ‘Big Squat’ on Saturday 23 September is organised by Toilet Twinning, a Bournemouth-based charity. Toilet Twinning helps provide proper toilets, clean water and hygiene education in some of the poorest countries.
From 10.30am to about 12pm, 150 metres east of Bournemouth Pier, teams from several local gyms and clubs will compete in a fun squatting competition. Their challenge will be to complete as many squats as possible in two-minute rounds, with prizes awarded for Best Squatting Team, Best Squatter and Best Amateur Squatter.
Event organiser Achim Kram, Toilet Twinning’s Head of Marketing, says: ‘This is a fun way to highlight a serious issue: the fact that one in three people in the world still doesn’t have a proper toilet. They have to squat in the bush, which makes them vulnerable to disease. And for women especially, it puts them at risk of attack. We British love toilet humour. So, our supporters often do mad, quirky things to raise money for loos, never anything bog standard. This event will be no exception.’
Participating organisations include Urban Health & Fitness, Fitness First Poole, DW Fitness and BH Live. Members of the public will also be invited to take on the challenge. Their individual achievements will be ranked on a leaderboard.
Urban Health & Fitness Director Manoj btpx Patel says: ‘Our key focus as an independent health club is to engage and promote physical activity in the local community. The #BigSquat challenge encourages staff and members to take part in a fun local event that also highlights a serious situation – the lack of sanitation in the developing world. It’s something Urban Health & Fitness was happy to support and help increase awareness of.’
Mike Lyons, BH Live’s Director for Sport and Leisure, says, ‘As a social enterprise we are all about improving the lives of people in our communities. By taking part in the Big Squat, we are demonstrating that, as well as the personal benefits surrounding physical activity, exercise can also be used creatively to positively impact on others, including those much further afield.’
Participants have each been tasked with raising sponsorship of £60, the cost of ‘twinning’ their loo with a latrine overseas. They will be presented with a Toilet Twinning certificate, showing their toilet twin, at the Big Squat. Individual gym teams can be sponsored online: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ToiletTwinning/BigSquat
The event is part of a wider #BigSquat campaign encouraging people to organise their own quirky fundraiser for Toilet Twinning before World Toilet Day (November 19).