LifeStraw donates to Hact

2015-10-06 06:00
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Hact’s Granny Support Group members and beaders with their LifeStraw family units.

Photo: supplied Hact’s Granny Support Group members and beaders with their LifeStraw family units.

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HUNDREDS of Valley of 1000 Hills community members have been given units that will ensure safe, clean drinking water thanks to a donation of 195 LifeStraw Family units made to the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) on 30 September.

The units were given to dozens of Hact’s Granny Support Group members and beaders and will also be installed at five of the primary schools taking part in the centre’s life skills programme that changes the way hundreds of people receive drinking water. This donation was made possible by a local consulting engineer company, Kantey and Templer.

“We saw there was a huge need for it in the community and after doing research we saw that the second biggest killer in South Africa was from intestinal problems which came from drinking dirty water,” said director Cuan Lott.

The units filter more than 18 000 litres­ of water and can last up to three years for a family of four. The units significantly­ reduce the risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as bilharzia, cholera and E. coli. Once the water has been filtered through the unit, which filters 10 litres per hour, it is safe to drink.

A demonstration of the unit took place at the centre and a glass of filtered water was handed to each of the grandmothers who would receive a LifeStraw unit for their family.

Gogo Anita Mzobe said: “The water is very nice and I believe it will be a great benefit to us and our families and give us fresh drinking water.”

Gogo Lindeni Mbutho said there were many people in her community who fetch water from rivers and end up with serious diarrhoea and believes that the LifeStraw unit will help put an end to that.

“We are honoured to be part of the LifeStraw product and to be working with the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust.

“ I believe this is the start to a wonderful partnership between us and Hact,” said Torin Pfotenhauer, an executive­ associate at Kantey and Templer

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