• The Toilet Tour begins

    Posted by Simon

    28 May, 2012

    It was quite a sight to behold at the local park in Tamworth this weekend – the Deputy Mayor sitting on top of a Giant Toilet, with Tamworth’s longest ever toilet queue lined up behind him. For those who were just passing by, it would have been quite an amusing sight. I can just imagine conversations across the dinner table that night, ‘You'll never guess what I saw today…’

    Tamworth Deputy Mayor Russell Webb sits on Giant Toilet , with over 100 Tamworth residents queued behind him in support of campaign.Tamworth Deputy Mayor Russell Webb sits on Giant Toilet , with over 100 Tamworth residents queued behind him in support of campaign.Tamworth Deputy Mayor Russell Webb sits on Giant Toilet , with over 100 Tamworth residents queued behind him in support of campaign.

    However, this event was about more than just turning heads. It was about Tamworth residents giving poverty the flush, by standing in solidarity with the 2.5 billion people across the world who do not have access to adequate sanitation.

    The Giant Toilet was in Tamworth to mark the start of a national toilet tour to raise awareness of the lifesaving impact of improving access to drinkable water and safe toilets in poor communitities globally.

    In Tamworth, the Giant Toilet was one of the major attractions at 2012 LifeFest, a free community festival hosted by local Tamworth churches. From start to finish kids were getting their photos taken with the toilet -  sitting, standing, kneeling and posing. We even had a little baby sleeping on top of the Giant Toilet! There was a toilet roll throwing competition (which may have got a little out of hand!) and Tamworth’s longest ever toilet queue - even bigger than during the Country Music Festival!

    Throughout the day, people were constantly commenting on the creativity of the Giant Toilet, with many people remarking that it was a great way to inform people about the issue, while still having a good time. In addition to the fun of the day, we were also able to collect almost 100 signatures for a local WaSH petition, which we will be presenting to local MP Mr Tony Windsor, later this week.

    The Australian Government has committed to help halve the proportion of people in the world who don’t have safe water and basic sanitation by 2015. And while Australian aid has already helped millions of people gain access to running water and a hygienic toilet, there is still so much more that can be done. By investing more of Australia’s aid budget into water, sanitation and hygiene, Australia could help save more lives and restore health, dignity and opportunities to millions of families and communities.

    For those who haven’t registered for a ‘Give Poverty the Flush’ event already, I encourage you to give it a go. The Giant Toilet is lots of fun, engaging and helps create great awareness for the water and sanitation crisis that exists across the world.

    For more information about the National Toilet Tour and to view all photos visit www.toilettour.org.au, and don't forget to like us on Facebook


    Simon Massey is the Government Relations Manager for Compassion Australia and also serves on the Micah Challenge Compaign Strategy Group.