West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was delighted to give her support to St Paul’s Church ‘guerrilla twinning’ efforts as part of World Toilet Day on Tuesday 19 November 2013 to help raise awareness of the campaign to improve access to toilets, clean water and improve sanitation.
MP Rosie got involved in the campaign by agreeing to have the toilets in her constituency office twinned with facilities in Cambodia
Chris Spittle and Tracey McLoughlin from St Paul’s Church in Skelmersdale presented West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper with an official certificate of the twinning.
Speaking after the presentation, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Chris and his team at St Paul’s have come up with a very creative and imaginative way to raise awareness of World Toilet Day and the challenges billions of people around the world face every day.
“For most people in West Lancashire going to the toilet is something we take for granted. Depressingly for 2.5 billion people this is not the case. They do not have access to a safe and hygienic toilet in the 21st century.
“Whilst promoting World Toilet Day and toilet twinning may seem a bit of fun there is a very serious issue that it is helping to highlight and address. We cannot and should not underestimate how it can change lives when people have access to clean water and sanitary conditions. Too many people around the world still die from water-borne diseases through unhygienic conditions and unsafe water.”
Reverend Chris Spittle said:
“It was our Church Members who chose to include Rosie Cooper on a ‘hitlist’ of loos in the local community to which they wanted to donate Toilet Twinning certificates.
“Getting involved in Toilet Twinning and World Toilet Day is a great way to strengthen our links with the community while doing something tangible to help people overseas, and the way it has all snowballed is rather incredible.”