United Nations support for Isle of Wight cause

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


United Nations support for Isle of Wight cause

UN administrator Helen Clark with Adrian Brewer, of Isle of Wight charity Roll out the Barrel and one of its water barrels.

THE FORMER Prime Minister of New Zealand — tipped to be the first female General Secretary of the UN — has thrown her weight behind an Isle of Wight charity.

Helen Clark, the current administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, met up with Adrian Brewer, founder of the international Isle of Wight charity, The Roll Out the Barrel Trust, after the pair became friends on Facebook four months ago.

She invited Adrian to a lecture at the London School of Economics last Tuesday and the pair later had a private meeting where she praised the charity’s Rotary Water Barrel which helps people in the third world transport clean fresh water over long distances.

During the private meeting, Helen told of how she had visited Cowes on many occasions and that her husband’s family hailed from Lymington.

The pair discussed sanitation and water supplies in the developing world before Helen offered to promote the use of the water barrel through United Nations agencies.

Helen said: "The importance of women and children having sufficient clean, potable water and adequate sanitation cannot be over emphasised. It affects their health, education and general well being."

Mr Brewer added: "In the 21st Century, water and sanitation must be the moral imperative if we are ever to help these communities lift themselves out of incomprehensible poverty. To prevent disease and infant mortality, they need sustainable solutions, not just handouts."

Adrian and Helen are expecting to meet again to review how the trust can become part of the solution.


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by Clive Dunn

29th January 2014, at 10:04:55

Lee...agree with your comments mate...maybe we all need too contact southern water....think the ceo is matthew wright...his email is matthew.wright@southernwater.co.uk i'm doing that now and am sending this article :)

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by John Kneeshaw

29th January 2014, at 09:52:02

And Mr Majors, as you are obviously an expert on humanitarian disasters which occur on the Isle of Wight; how many people died or were left blinded or seriously diseased as a consequence of this catastrophic interruption to the water supply? I think we should be told.

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by Scott Angles

29th January 2014, at 01:07:52

It would have been far better if you had said there, 'great, Scott'.

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by John Kneeshaw

28th January 2014, at 21:25:22

The usual disgusting, narrow minded attitude from the resident troll. When there was a short interruption to the water supply on the IW, people were not perishing of thirst or disease. Islanders are never more than 5 minutes away from a supply of fresh clean water in bottles in shops. The people who Mr Brewer assists do not know what a tap looks likje. Idiot.

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by Scott Angles

28th January 2014, at 17:32:04

No one does a 'wot dem forignerz iz gettin our fings boo dem y dont dey help us' comment like Lee Me Me Majors.

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by Adrian Brewer

28th January 2014, at 16:02:42

Lee. These barrels are here in a warehouse ready to be called upon by Southern Water on a purchase or rental basis should they feel the need. 30 litres of clean water in one go and easy to refill from a bowser. regrettably approaches to water companies have been greeted with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. In emergency these are the perfect solution...we know we sent them to the Philippines. If you have influence speak to your rep at Southern Water. Any income by the way will go towards more barrels for women and children who carry their water up to 5 miles a day....

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by Keven Ball

28th January 2014, at 10:53:49

I back anyone who wants to support and help others in any positive way.

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