Lancashire Cricket support WaterAid campaign in India
As Delhi grapples with its third wave of Covid-19, Lancashire players Keaton Jennings and Alex Hartley, have been trying their hand at defending the wicket with WaterAid’s specially designed bat, which is just a quarter of the size of a normal bat.
Frequent handwashing with soap reduces the spread of coronaviruses by around a third (36%), yet only 1 in 4 people in India have clean water at home, putting them on the back foot when it comes to maintaining good health and hygiene.
Surrey players Hashim Amla, Rory Burns, Morne Morkel, Will Jacks, Amar Virdi and Liam Plunkett have also backed the campaign.
Lancashire Cricket’s Keaton Jennings, said: “I’m proud to support Water Aid for their campaign as everyone should have access to clean water. It is a basic human right.
“I couldn't believe that only a quarter of people in India have clean water at home. How are they meant to stay healthy and protect themselves against infectious diseases like coronavirus?
“Lancashire Cricket is doing a lot of work in India at the moment and hopefully supporting Water Aid can help raise awareness of this issue and hopefully make a positive change for vulnerable communities across India.”
Alex Hartley, added: “It’s a great campaign and one I’m proud to be part of and support.
“It’s shocking that in this day and age, 75% of people in India do not have clean water and means vulnerable communities across the country are left to protect themselves and their health without the very basics.
“Sadly girls and women are particularly affected when communities lack clean water which means they miss out on opportunities and the chance to reach their full potential. I’m proud to be supporting WaterAid's Bring Water campaign to change this."
Vikas Kataria, Director - Resource Mobilisation, in WaterAid India, said: “WaterAid has been working in India over the last three decades to make clean water normal for everyone. We are working to lay the foundation through our work of keeping people healthy and helping communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty, to build a brighter future. We are working closely with governments at the local level, to ensure clean water reaches the last mile, which is also the objective behind ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’.
"COVID 19 has made it harder to reach our goals. To use a cricket parlance, we have to score more in fewer overs to win the match. The support of these wonderful cricketers and socially responsible cricket fans will help us score much needed boundaries to make clean water a reality for everyone.”
To donate to WaterAid’s #BringWater campaign and help transform more lives, visit: https://www.wateraid.org/uk/donate/cricket.