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Isle of Dogs scouts shoulder 20kg tubs of water to raise awareness for WaterAid’s World Water Day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 March 2018

More than 27,000 scouts took part in sponsored walks carrying heavy jugs of water. Picture: Dave Bird

More than 27,000 scouts took part in sponsored walks carrying heavy jugs of water. Picture: Dave Bird

Dave Bird

Scouts from the Isle of Dogs spent Thursday walking Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise awareness of World Water Day for WaterAid.

Ellie with the 2nd East London Scout Group from the Isle of Dogs. Picture: Dave BirdEllie with the 2nd East London Scout Group from the Isle of Dogs. Picture: Dave Bird

More than 27,000 people globally took part in sponsored walks to understand the burden of women and girls who walk long distances carrying heavy cans of water.

The eight scouts from the second East London Scout Group were joined by paralympian Ellie Simmonds as they shouldered jerry cans weighing up to 20kg around the park.

Ellie said: “It’s so easy for us to take clean water for granted, yet one in nine people live without it. I’ve met families who don’t have clean water and seen the devastating impact it has on their lives.

“Scouts up and down the country are showing how we can all play a part in helping get clean water to everyone everywhere. It is inspiring to see young people doing something to help the generation of tomorrow.”

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