During 2012 a LifeStraw appeal was launched and supported by Portlethen & District Rotary Club and the five primary schools within their catchment area, namely, Portlethen, Fishermoss, Newtonhill, Lairhillock and Banchory Devenick.
The schools organised class sales, bring & buy events and sponsored events including a “sponsored read” at Banchory Devenick.
Between them the schools raised an amazing £1,930.82 and this has been made up to a round figure of £2,000 by the Rotary Club.
LifeStraws are a simple filtered straw that provides instant microbiological water purification and in addition there are family units capable of providing 18,000 litres of clean water, enough to supply a sub Sahara family of five with drinking water for three years. It is a known fact that 884 million people in the world are deprived of improved sources of clean and safe drinking water.
Rotary International is a strong supporter of this cause and has funded through their Clubs many initiatives to supply the kits to areas of flood, devastation or simply areas without a clean and safe water resource in order to reduce the 1.8 million lives lost each year due to diarrhoeal disease.
The local school initiative was championed by Portlethen Foundation & International Convener Rotarian Anne McNair who commented, “The children have done a fantastic job in fundraising for LifeStraws and we were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm from each school. Each one of the schools made a considerable contribution but, unusually, I must mention Banchory Devenick in particular who raised an amazing £907 through a sponsored read”.