NEW YORK, November 7, 2019 (Newswire.com) - WaterAid today announces that actor Tobias Menzies (The Crown, Outlander, and Game of Thrones) has become an ambassador for the international charity.
The announcement comes ahead of the launch of the third season of The Crown, which will be available on Netflix from November 17. Tobias will be seen as Prince Philip, alongside Olivia Coleman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II.
Tobias’s first official duty in his new role is to launch WaterAid’s winter campaign, Access Denied, which aims to raise $2 million to help get clean water and decent sanitation to poor communities around the world.
Tobias Menzies said:
“Having access to clean water and a decent toilet shouldn’t be a luxury. Yet access to these basic needs are being denied to millions of people around the world affecting the health, education and livelihoods of whole communities. Due to climate change, this situation is set to get even more challenging each year.
“I’m proud to become an ambassador for WaterAid, working with them to raise awareness of the urgent need to address this global crisis and supporting their efforts to transform lives across the world by ensuring more access to clean water and good sanitation.”
Kelly Parsons, U.S. Chief Executive of WaterAid, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Tobias Menzies as an ambassador for WaterAid and look forward to working together on highlighting how clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene transform lives for good. These basic services form the foundations for overcoming poverty.
“We all have a role to play in making clean water and decent toilets a part of normal life for everyone everywhere by 2030, and Tobias’s support will help us engage more people in this important issue.”
For more information about WaterAid’s Access Denied campaign, or to donate, please visit www.wateraid.org.
For more information, please contact:
In the U.S.: Emily Haile, firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 742-2445
WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organization works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 27 million people with clean water and 27 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org.
- 785 million people in the world – one in 10 – do not have clean water close to home.
- 2 billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
- Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's around 800 children a day or one child every two minutes.
- Every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.
- Just $20 can provide one person with clean water.
- To find out if countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, see the online database www.WASHwatch.org.